Richard heads up the firm's Private Wealth and Charities Group as well as the Trust disputes practice.
Richard is based in London, but travels frequently to Hong Kong and Dubai having worked there previously. His practice is international and spans all major onshore and offshore jurisdictions globally, with a focus on Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Richard acts for ultra-high net worth individuals, their family offices, private banks and other advisers on a range of contentious and non-contentious trust and probate issues together with mental capacity, undue influence, charitable and family company matters. He also has extensive experience in acting for international banks and individuals in cases involving fraud.
MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCOLADES
Richard is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Association of Contentious Trust and Estate Practitioners (ACTAPS) and The Charity Law Association.
He lectures widely on fraud, contentious trusts, mental capacity and probate issues and has written articles for publications including the STEP journal.
He is ranked by Chambers in the Private Wealth Disputes - London category and also as a "Foreign Expert Based in UK" in "China – Private Wealth Law".
He is listed as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 UK 2021 for Contentious Trusts and Probate.
He features in Citywealth’s Top 100 International Private Client Litigation Lawyers and Top 50 Private Client and Family Legal Heroes 2022.
Legal directories comment that:
"Richard Norridge was the perfect partner – providing guidance and reassurance when required." Legal 500 UK 2022
"As well as being "technically brilliant," Norridge's level of client service is a notable strength." Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Disputes 2022
"Richard Norridge – collaborative, commercial and pragmatic. Very effective at working through complex issues." Legal 500 UK 2022
"He is very thoughtful and very diligent… trying to ensure his clients get the best outcome." Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Disputes 2022
"He is extremely bright - he grapples with issues and moves on. He is a very impressive character." Chambers HNW 2021
"Richard Norridge is very bright; he has a great legal mind and is responsive and efficient." Legal 500 UK 2021
"He is an excellent, collaborative, balanced and thoughtful individual." Chambers HNW 2020
"He is calm, considered and knowledgeable. He has a manner I find incredibly clear and helpful.” Chambers HNW 2020
"I would say technically the most competent I have worked with in the area of trusts, with a keen appreciation for the law. Coupled with his disputes background, he gives very sound and pragmatic advice." Chambers HNW 2020
"He is top-notch, top quality. He is very polished, efficient and thorough ... he is immensely experienced" Chambers HNW 2019
Richard was named in the Legal Week Private Client Global Elite 2021, and has featured in the list every year since its inception in 2017.
Richard features as a recommended lawyer in Who's Who Legal Global Leader 2022: Private Client list.
Richard obtained an LLB from King's College London and an LLM from Humboldt University, Berlin. He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2005 and has been granted higher rights of audience. He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2012.
He is fluent in both English and German.
Experience & expertise
- advising the beneficiary of a multi-billion dollar offshore trust in relation to ongoing disputes with the trustee and other beneficiaries
- advising the beneficiary and protector of a multi-million dollar offshore trust across five sets of proceedings onshore and offshore
- advising the executor of a US$1 billion Hong Kong estate in relation to administration of that estate in a number of offshore jurisdictions, including BVI, Jersey, Mauritius, Philippines and Turks and Caicos
- advising the executor of a substantial cross border (onshore and offshore) estate
- advising beneficiaries and protector of a multi-billion dollar Hong Kong law trust in relation to ongoing disputes with other beneficiaries, including allegations of undue influence
- advising the son of the deceased on his claims to a multi-million pound cross border estate
- advising a trustee on a claim against its professional advisers
- advising private banks in relation to transactions concerning trusts and estates