Richard Dew’s practice is focussed on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related professional negligence. His practice is predominantly litigation, and he is frequently involved in large and complex claims. He also advises and represents in Court of Protection matters and provides expert advice in respect of tax and tax planning (principally capital taxation).
He is the Chair of the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates SIG and an elected member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee. He is a member of STEP and ACTAPS. He was ACTAPS Contentious Barrister of the Year for 2016.
Richard is an editor of Rossdale’s Administration of Estates and Parker’s Modern Will Precedents and regularly writes and lectures on chancery and private client matters.
Richard has been shortlisted by Chambers UK for the (Chancery) ‘Junior of the Year’ award.
Court of Protection
Richard is an acknowledged expert in Court of Protection matters, acting and advising in both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has recent considerable experience in establishing (and ratifying) personal injury trusts.
Richard “has a comprehensive traditional chancery practice, which includes high-value probate and trusts matters. He is primarily instructed on contentious matters and is called “an excellent advocate” by market commentators. One source notes: “He is very responsive, very clear in his advice, and commercial as well – he understands what the clients need.” Another comments that he is “sensible, pragmatic, sensible to deal with and a good advocate,” while a third calls him “always a pleasure to deal with – broadly respected, with a sunny disposition.” “
HNW Guide 2019 - Band 1
Richard Dew “is highly praised in this year’s research, and is considered a leading junior in the field of private client. He is a “very good technician but also sees the bigger picture”.
WWL UK Bar 2019
“Technically very good, whilst also being absolutely brilliant on his feet. He is an outstanding litigator and he knows how to approach cases tactically.” “A practical lawyer who understands the commercial realities of these disputes. He’s brilliant when handling difficult matters.”
Chambers UK 2019 - Chancery
“Richard is an excellent advocate and a real rising star at the Chancery Bar.” “He is one of those people who is very pleasant to work with as well as being very thorough and always on top of his work.”
Chambers UK 2019 - Court of Protection
“When it comes to probate, there is no one better at the junior end.”
Leagl 500 - Private Client: Trusts & Probate
“Someone to instruct if you want a really serious understanding of trusts law; he is often selected instead of a silk.” “A real heavyweight, who doesn’t mince his words. He ensures the client and solicitor know the best course of action and the importance of taking it. He is worth his weight in gold.”
HNW 2018 Guide - Chancery: Traditional - London Bar - Band One
‘ Market sources praise Richard Dew as “a top-level practitioner” who is “a go-to person when you need an experienced junior who can handle a big case.”
He deals with a plethora of trust and estate matters and also has a strong focus on Court of Protection work. “He is extremely knowledgable on trust and probate matters,” observes a source, while another says: “Technically, he is very good while he is absolutely brilliant on his feet and performing in court. He is an outstanding litigator and he knows how to approach cases tactically as he is very experienced at achieving results in court that are beneficial to the client.”
His legal acumen is further praised by a solicitor who states: “He is very succinct, gets to the point, and has a real confidence about him which reassures clients. He is very good in how he articulates his advice.” ‘
Chambers UK 2018 - Chancery: Traditional (Band 1)
“A clever and tenacious lawyer.” “He is very commercially-minded and very good both in court and with clients.”
Chambers UK 2018 - Court of Protection: Property and Affairs
“Someone to instruct if you want a really serious understanding of trusts and also someone who is particularly good on litigation disputes.” “He is a real heavyweight and doesn’t mince his words. He ensures the client and solicitor know the best course of action and ensures they go ahead and take it. He is worth his weight in gold.” “He is very highly respected at the Chancery Bar.”
Chambers HNW 2017 - Chancery: Traditional (Band 1)
“He is incredibly commercial, effective and efficient. When you have a problem that is complicated he is very good at untying the Gordian knot.”
Chambers UK 2017 - Chancery: Traditional (Band 1)
“Richard has a well-deserved reputation in the area of chancery litigation. He instantly impresses with his intellect, is excellent with clients and is just as capable on his feet as on the papers. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others looking for top-quality advice.” Other lawyers are also quick to praise him, drawing attention to his willingness to offer help in difficult situations: “He is not afraid to join the difficult calls or meetings. He understands the solicitor’s position. I like that, it is important.”
He is “an acknowledged expert on tax issues and professional negligence claims”, “he is extremely passionate about his work. There is nothing he doesn’t know, and he is brilliant with the clients. He is also very pragmatic and commercial”
Chambers UK 2016 - Chancery: Traditional (Band 1)
“Very bright operator and particularly knowledgeable on Inheritance Act work.”
Legal 500 2015 - Private Client: Trust & Probate
He “excels in traditional chancery work, especially in relation to professional negligence and taxation work. He couples this with considerable knowledge of capacity questions and inheritance tax matters and has notable expertise in Court of Protection cases”. Richard is “very incisive and very clear in his advice”. “He takes a pragmatic and commercial approach and has excellent client-handling skills”.
Chambers UK 2015
Chambers UK 2014 describe him as having “superb powers of analysis,” and that he “instantly impresses with his intellect. He is excellent with clients and is just as capable on his feet as when handling the paperwork.” Previous editions say he is a “superb junior,’ who combines strong academic credentials…with a flair for litigation and ADR”.
Chambers UK 2014
- LLB (Hons)
Associations & Memberships
- Chancery Bar Association
- Parker’s Modern Will Precedents (Eighth edition)
- Rossdale’s Administration of Estates (Fifth Edition)
- Tolley’s Inheritance Tax Planning
- Ranking, Spicer and Pegler’s Executorship Law, Trusts and Accounts
- Lexis Nexis: The Registration Act 2002
- Injunctions: in International Trusts Disputes.
- Brewster and the future for unmarried cohabitants, Lawskills (Feb 2017)
- Trusts & Disclosure (2011) PCB 241
- Can TLATA be interpreted as a fiscal bill? (2009) TELTJ 106
- A Wasted Opportunity (2007) 83 TELTJ 23
- Extrinsic Evidence Rreturns (2006) 80 TELTJ 17
- The Claimant’s share of blame (2006) 73 TELTJ 7
- Attacking Trusts in Divorce (for the Chancery Bar Association in London, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey).
- Acting for the PR in contentious litigation
- Insolvent Trusts
- Setting Aside Trusts
- The European Succession Regulation
- ACTAPS Contentious Barrister of the Year 2016
Richard Dew is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is regulated by The Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 40317] and is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/053] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 761309146.