Richard is a dispute resolution private client lawyer, focusing on disputes about trusts and inheritance. He trained with the firm, qualifying in 2008.

Richard’s specialist expertise in resolving disputes concerning high value trusts and estates, including those involving complex asset holdings, business interests and assets held in multiple jurisdictions.  He also has an advisory practice assisting professional trustees and banks with the scope of their powers and duties when acting as trustee or executor of an estate.

His clients include private individuals, professional trustees, major banks and other financial institutions and charities.

He has experience of the full range of issues that can arise when trusts and estates become contested, from claims by disinherited spouses and family members under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, to disputes about less common issues such as forged wills and claims based on the doctrine of proprietary estoppel. He is also a member of the firm's Court of Protection team advising on contentious statutory will applications and contentious best interests decisions.  

Richard also has experience in advising on professional negligence and contractual claims for private clients and organisations involved in the private wealth sector, including claims involving allegations of fraud and dishonesty.

Richard is one of only a handful of full members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Lawyers (ACTAPS) in the North of England.  He is an affiliate member of STEP, working towards full STEP membership in 2018.


  • Advising the trust corporation of a major national bank on a range of contentious trust issues relating to the book of trusteeships they hold. The issues are often complex and can involve cross border issues, such as assets held in multiple jurisdictions and beneficiaries based abroad
  • Leading the firm’s input on behalf of a professional deputy in a contested application to the Court of Protection for a statutory will to be made. Richard appeared for the Deputy at the final hearing, with the other parties represented by experienced Counsel and succeeded in securing a statutory will in the terms sought by the Deputy
  • Representing both lay and professional executors in numerous contested probate cases, often involving complicated, high value assets and difficult family situations. Cases often involve disputes between multiple disgruntled beneficiaries and on multiple legal grounds
  • Successfully acting for individual beneficiaries who are left inadequate provision by the Deceased or who face claims from family members who feel cut out. Cases regularly involve dealing with claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, proprietary estoppel claims and claims that a will is invalid due to lack of mental capacity or undue influence, and
  • Successfully representing a number of private individuals in long-running High Court litigation, which involved 5 separate court actions pursued over a period of 4 years. The claims involved allegations of defamation, dishonesty and breach of contractual duty by our client, as well related disclosure applications, threatened injunctive relief.

Richard was named as one of the eprivateclient's Top 35 under 35 rising stars of the private client practitioner community in 2013 and 2015.

"Associate Richard Pike is ‘absolutely determined to achieve the best for his client’."

Legal 500 UK 2015

"The team... acts for individuals, as well as UK and offshore trustees and insurance companies. ‘Knowledgeable’ managing associate Richard Pike is recommended."

Legal 500 UK 2016