Richard Williams

Partner in Agriculture & Estates and Private Client

+44 (0)845 257 9449

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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 with comments including:

“Richard is an all round expert in the agricultural practice and knows it inside and out. I rate him very highly.”

“Richard Williams provides excellent, pragmatic advice. He has a no-nonsense approach, with an excellent bedside manner and a good sense of humor.”

Richard's Experience

  • 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)

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.

Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association

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


Dicky and Tristen, I would like to thank you for all your hard work that has gone into the purchase and sale of three properties. Tristen you have been amazing.

Dawn Tebbett, Sandfield Engineering Co Ltd

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