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Durham University

St John's College

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts BA, TEP, CTAPS is the director of Gedye and Sons, Solicitors of London and Grange over Sands.

Richard gained a BA (Joint Hons) in Law and Politics from Durham University (specifically concentrating on administration and decision making processes), he was an undergraduate at St Johns from 1976-79. He qualified as a solicitor in 1982 when he joined the firm.

His practice areas cover a wide range of work with the emphasis on trusts, contentious probate, wills and estate planning. He has a wide range of experience with both Court of Protection matters and estate administration and is frequently appointed by the Court or consensually to act as a Deputy or as an independent estate administrator. Richard is frequently appointed as a Trustee of family and business Trusts and as an Executor to a significant number of private clients with a wide range of estate size and composition both in England and Wales and abroad.

He was a member of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee for nine years, the last three (2011-2014) as its Chair. The Committee regularly responded to Consultation Papers on all aspects of wills, probate, charity law, trusts, and associated taxation, as well as writing the Law Society Practice Notes relevant to these areas of law.

Richard frequently lectures to professional and lay groups alike, and since 1st June, 2012 has been an Honorary Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Durham, where again he lectures from time to time. Richard also writes for professional and special interest magazines, has appeared on Radio 4 and BBC television.

He writes regularly for legal periodicals, primarily on the softer skills aspects such as the emotional side of dealing with probate. He also writes one, often two, articles per edition for the Gay Classic Car Club magazine – one on travel and one on law.

Outside the law his interests are theatre, opera, classic cars and wine. He is a budding author with a desire to produce an anthology of poetry based on his life as a Lake District solicitor in 2016, and a novel on the irreconcilable loves and infidelities of gay men in London in 2016, which will interweave issues of mental health, drug use, and polyamory.

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.