Richard specialises in private client work. He has had a great deal of experience in private legal practice together with in-house legal and management roles in trust companies.

He advises on all areas of succession planning and asset protection.

Richard is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); the Estate and Tax Planning Council; the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Disciplinary Panel; and the Auckland District Law Society Trust Law Committee. 

Richard is also the convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Auckland Standards Committee No. 4.

Work Highlights


Establishment, administration, review, resettlement, variations and vesting.


Complex drafting and advice.

Estate administration

Complex applications for grants of probate and letters of administration for both New Zealand and foreign wills.

Powers of Attorney

Enduring, general and specific.

Retirement Villages

Advice on occupation right agreements.

Residential Care

Advice on eligibility for government subsidies and government loans.

Estate and Succession Planning

Identifying clients’ needs and putting required documentation in place to control and distribute assets.

Areas of Expertise

Insights & News