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Helene Pines Richman has been called “a formidable role model for women at the English Bar” (The Independent) and for many years was recommended as a leading Junior in the Legal 500. She is a tenacious advocate, and a polished performer with a passion for her cases and a deep and wide knowledge of the law. She takes on a full range of matters up to large multimillion pound disputes – difficult cases involving considerable tactic, strategy and judgment, as well as technical expertise – often on the most urgent basis.

Helene has a wide chancery practice encompassing all aspects of wills, administration of estates, Inheritance Act claims, trusts, inheritance tax, Court of Protection, charities, and divorce/ancillary relief as well as related areas of property, financial services and commercial law. She is regularly briefed in matters before the judges of the Chancery Division as well as the Family Division, and has argued many appeals, all the way up to the Supreme Court. She has a special interest and expertise in assisting vulnerable clients – children and adults, as well as the elderly – and handles financial, property, trusts and wills as well as personal welfare and community care matters for them.

She began practising law in 1983 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League) (bioengineering) and thereafter being awarded a Juris Doctor. For many years she was with a large international firm in New York City specialising in intellectual property. She then branched into commercial law and built a reputation as a trial and appellate lawyer appearing regularly in the state and federal courts in the U.S. She is a member of the New York Bar.

She relocated to London in 1990 and now maintains a busy practise with domestic as well as international focus. She routinely acts in high value cases where there are international aspects: – international wills or multiple wills in different jurisdictions, on and offshore trusts, and parties, property and assets both in the UK and abroad. In England, she appeared in the House of Lords in the seminal Etridge Mortgage and Undue Influence cases, in the Court of Appeal in Clegg v Andersson t/a Nordic Marine – an important case on the Sale of Goods Act and a Swedish yacht manufacturer and acted as lead counsel in the BCCI mortgage cases.

She presented Half Day MBL Regional Conferences 2016 on Succession and Trusts.

She is also a widely published author and her works have included Atkins Court Forms, Practice and Forms, Mortgages; Partnerships; Inheritance Act chapter in Chancery Practice and Procedure (Jordan’s), Butterworths Older Client Law Service, as well as numerous article in various publications, podcasts, lectures, and appearing on television and radio (the BBC and Radio 4) as an expert on legal issues.

Additional Information


Chancery Bar Association
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Helene Pines Richman is an independent self-employed barrister registered with the Bar Standards Board of England (ref. no 28764); whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales which code can be found at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk; has full professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (ref BM 2930/028) (details of the world-wide cover are provided at www.barmutual.co.uk); is registered for VAT (reg. no. 649 8967 53); and can be contacted during chambers opening hours by telephone at 02074045055 or by e-mail at clerks@9stonebuildings.com.

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