Member Profile

Mr Richard Frimston TEP, Full Member i

'TEP' status denotes full membership of STEP and is the top level of STEP membership. TEPs are fully qualified practitioners with proven qualifications and experience. They can use the letters 'TEP' after their name. TEPs must adhere to STEP's Code of Professional Conduct.

Russell-Cooke Solicitors
2 Putney Hill
London
SW15 6AB
United Kingdom

E: richard.frimston@russell-cooke.co.uk
T: +44 (0)20 8394 6217

Profession:
Lawyer/Solicitor/Attorney
Practice Area:
Contentious trusts and estates, Cross-border estates, Elderly and vulnerable clients, Estate planning/administration, Tax, Wills and probate
Branch/Chapter:
STEP London Central
Committees:
Council, Public Policy Committee, England and Wales Regional Committee
Special Interest Groups:
Cross-Border Estates | Mental Capacity

Richard Frimston BSc ARCS TEP CTAPS

I graduated from Imperial College London, with a degree in Physics in 1975. and qualified as a solicitor in 1979, as a Notary Public in 1995 and a mediator with the ADR Group since 2001. I joined RussellCooke as a trainee in 1977, became a partner in 1982 and head of private client in 1993.

I have particular expertise in dealing with multijurisdictional estates, especially France and am a member of:
The European Law Institute
The British Institute of International and Comparative Law http://www.biicl.org
The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, http://www.internationalacademy.org/roster/ShowAttpub.asp?tt_id=527
and
The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.
http://www.actaps.com/membership.cfm#top

I founded the STEP CrossBorder Estates Group
http://www.step.org/index.pl?n=723;section=329
and I am Chair of the STEP EU Affairs Committee and co-chair of the STEP Public Policy Committee.

Since 2003 I have been the representative of the Law Society of England & Wales to the European Committee of the Union Internationale du Notariat (UIN)
http://www.uinl.org
and sit on the Law Society International Issues Committee
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/aboutlawsociety/how/committees/view=groupdetail.law?OMMITTEEID=57

I am a member of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) Family and Succession Law Committee.
http://www.ccbe.org/index.php?id=94&id_comite=27&L=0

As a result of my intervention the UK Government issued SI 2005 No 3284 the Civil Partnership (Treatment of Overseas Relationships No “) Order 2005 to ensure that preexisting Wills were not revoked by the introduction of Overseas Relationships under the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

I have published articles regularly with Private Client Business (Sweet & Maxwell), STEP Journal, Taxation, New Law Journal, Probate Section Journal, Title Research Newsletter and the ACTAPS Newsletter.

I am one of the coauthors of “International Aspects of Family Law” now in its 3rd Edition and am Foreign Affairs Correspondent for Sweet & Maxwell’s Private Client Business.
I have a regular cross border column in the STEP Journal.

I am on the Consultation Board for the Practical Law Company's Private Client web service.

I am on the Editorial Board of "European Cross-Border Estate Planning" and "Heywood and Massey - Court of Protection Practice" both published by Sweet & Maxwell and also write the International sections for Jordans "Court of Protection Practice 2012" and Lexisnexis IHT Practice Notes.

I advise widely on capital tax planning and cross border issues and have enjoyed cases involving tricky aspects of private international law such as those involving the UK/India or UK/France Estate Duty double tax treaty.