Richard Williams

Partner 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 nationwide.

After training in Liverpool, he has spent his career in Chester, most recently at Knights as a partner, building a practice dedicated to serving the needs of landed estates and HNW individuals, including

• structured lifetime tax planning and succession planning;
• agricultural law;
• farm tenancies;
• farming partnerships;
• complex first registrations;
• whole estate purchase and sale;
• forestry and sporting rights;
• renewables projects including wind farms and solar parks;
• public and private rights of way.

In his private client work, Dicky represents HNW individuals in complex and high value residential property transactions – often involving Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and Welsh Land Transaction Tax (LTT) advice – as well as providing wills, lasting powers of attorney and bespoke estate and tax planning.

He has consistently been recognised as one of the leading lawyers in his field by both the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500, individually ranking in the highest category amongst his peers.

He has regularly been recognised in Chambers legal directories which noted: Richard Williams is an experienced agricultural lawyer who also has expertise in private client and estate matters. He often acts for wealthy landowning families and sources note that he is “very responsive” and “very well respected.”



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)

Richard’s updates

Leading Agriculture & Estates specialist Richard Williams joins Excello Law

September 21, 2018