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Richard Buswell
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Richard specialises in family law, professional negligence, trusts and inheritance law.

He qualified as a mediator in 2003: he mediates inheritance and contentious probate disputes and solicitors’ liability claims arising in family financial cases.

His work has, of necessity, involved detailed understanding and application of property, commercial and trust law.

Richard is married, lives out of London and enjoys playing tennis and listening to live music. He sat on the governing body of Royal Holloway, University of London (2004 to 2010) with over 3 years as Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee.

Contentious Probate & Inheritance Act Claims

Succession issues can be very distressing for people. Richard has provided compassionate and technically sound legal and strategic advice to clients involved in these often difficult cases.

Related work

  • Disputing DNA testing
  • Disputes over the body of the deceased
  • Variation of wills
  • Preserving estate assets.

Trusts including TOLATA

Richard accepts instructions in relation to unmarried partner property disputes, commercial co-ownership, asset protection, inheritance planning disputes and asset recovery.

This covers:

  • Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 claims
  • Wills and probate related litigation
  • Fraudulent activates of trustees and commercial advisers.


Richard’s family work is a cornerstone of his practice. He has advised and represented the exceptionally wealthy – including bankers, politicians, celebrity wives, and entrepreneurs. However, the more difficult cases that he undertakes can often be those where the liabilities threaten the stability of life after divorce or partnership dissolution, whether he can be strategically adept.

Family – Finances after relationship breakdown but also when all is well

Richard’s expertise in relation to family breakdown and finance includes:

  • Matrimonial finance
  • Civil partnership
  • Pre-nuptial & post-marriage/civil partnership agreements
  • Cohabitation and property disputes
  • Conflicting law cases – particular where family money disputes overlap with third party claims and Chancery disputes such as trusts, inheritance, wills, insolvency, partnership, companies and professional negligence.

Advising parents before a child’s marriage and in relation to inheritance planning is a positive advisory role.

Family – Children

It can often help to have a barrister acting for a client in children matters when also dealing with financial disputes, particularly where they are difficult or acrimonious.

  • Residence and contact issues
  • Removal from the jurisdiction
  • Children’s property rights issues
  • Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 claims.

Professional associations

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • British Insurance Law Association


  • LLB (Lond)
  • Mediator – 2003