Richard Williams – Agriculture & Estates Lawyer

Specialist in Agriculture & Estates and Private Client

Richard (Dicky) is a private client and agricultural and estates lawyer based in Chester with over 20 years’ experience acting for some of the largest landowners and wealthiest families in Cheshire, North Wales and nationally.

After training in Liverpool, he has spent his career at a number of firms in Chester, most recently at Knights as a partner, building a practice focused on all aspects of agricultural law from dealing with farm tenancies (including contentious successions at the Land Tribunal), complex first registrations, property purchase and sale, forestry and sporting rights, renewables projects including wind farms and solar parks, public and private rights of way, and boundary disputes.

In his private client work, Dicky represents high net worth individuals in residential property transactions as well as providing bespoke estate and tax planning.

He has consistently been recognised as a leading lawyer in his field by both the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500.

Chambers 2018 noted: Richard Williams advises landed estates on a range of matters including tax planning and wealth management.  He also assists clients with rural property transactions and handles option agreements and renewable energy work. “He’s top notch, at the top of his game,” reports a source, adding: “He’s a nice guy and a pragmatic sort of person.  He’s probably one of the best lawyers in Chester for this market.”



  • Acting on the sale of several large landed estates across the region
  • Undertaking multiple estate re-organisations to maximise the availability of inheritance and capital gains tax reliefs
  • Phased sale of 50 acres of land in Cheshire for residential development
  • Option and lease for several multi MW solar PV farms
  • Structuring £ multi million house purchases to maximise the availability of reliefs for stamp duty land tax (SDLT)




Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association

External Roles

Past president of the North Wales Committee of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA)

On the National Legal and Property Rights Committee of the CLA


Outside work, Dicky enjoys country sports, generating hydro-electricity, large bonfires, sailing a very fast dinghy and walking the dogs in the unspoilt Welsh countryside.  He studiously avoids getting embroiled in his wife and daughter’s ruinous horsey habit.

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