The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law


Richard M. Frimston

Russell - Cooke
2 Putney Hill
London, SW15 6AB

Phone: 44 20 8394 6217
Fax: 44 20 8788 6552

Richard is a Partner and Head of the Russell-Cooke LLP Private Client Group in London and advises clients in relation to their wills, probate and tax planning issues and offers Notary Public services. Areas of expertise include cross-border estates and international private law issues.

Richard is a member of various professional bodies including the European Law Institute, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. He sits on the Law Society of England & Wales International Issues Committee and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) Family and Succession Law Committee.

Richard was awarded 'The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Founder's Award' for outstanding achievement (December 2010). He is currently Chair of the STEP EU Committee and co-Chair of the STEP Public Policy Committee.

Co-author of Sweet & Maxwell's 'European Cross-Border Estate Planning’ and the international sections of Heywood & Massey and Jordan’s Court of Protection Practice and EU Affairs correspondent for Sweet & Maxwell’s Private Client Business, Richard regularly gives lectures and publishes articles in Private Client Business, New Law Journal and various other legal journals.

He is included in the 'Honours' section of the Citywealth Leaders List 2013 who comment that "..the advice and assistance that he has given .. has always been of the highest quality ...unfailingly calm and courteous...particularly strong on the issue of conflicts of laws, cross border estates..".

He is identified as a 'leading individual' and “superb” in Chambers Global 2013. Chambers UK 2013 comments that “Richard Frimston focuses his practice on international private client concerns, including cross-border estate matters. He is very personable; clients like him and he treats matters with an excellent lightness of touch.”

Legal 500 (2013) refers to Richard as having " unparalleled expertise in multi-jurisdictional estates, and deserves praise for making the profession aware of developments in this area, lobbying the European Commission, and raising cross-border mental capacity issues”.

Richard graduated from Imperial College London, with a degree in Physics. He qualified as an English solicitor in 1979 and an English Notary Public in 1995. Richard has been a partner with Russell-Cooke LLP since 1982 and head of private client since 1993.

The EU Commission Green Paper on Matrimonial Property Regimes {SEC(2006)952} and the EU Succession Regulation No 650/2012 have been of particular interest to Richard, who was a member of the EU Commission group of experts PRM-III/IV and PRM-III and he has given evidence on these subjects to the UK House of Lords sub-committee E and regularly to the EU Parliament Legal Affairs Committee.

Phone +44 20 8394 6217
Fax +44 20 8788 6552

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