Richard graduated in physics from Imperial College London. He is a solicitor and notary public of England and Wales. Richard has been a partner with Russell-Cooke LLP since 1982 and head of the private client group since 1993.

He has particular expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional estates, especially France. Richard is chairman of the STEP EU Committee and co-chair of STEP Public Policy Committee and sits on the EU Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Richard contributes to Sweet & Maxwell's Private Client Business and European Cross-Border Estate Planning and the international chapters of Heywood & Massey and Jordans Court of Protection Practice, Oxford University Press on International Protection of Adults and Sellier and Dalloz's EU Succession Regulation.

He was a member of the EU Commission groups of experts PRM-III/IV and PRM-III and has given evidence to the EU Parliament Legal Affairs Committee and the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee E.