Members of Chambers

Helene Pines Richman

Called: 1992

Practice Profile

Private Client - contentious and non-contentious probate, trusts, administration of estates, family provision, Court of Protection, ancillary relief, disability law, inheritance tax, charities, professional negligence.

Property - particularly real property including easements, covenants, adverse possession, TOLATA claims, riparian rights, water rights, manorial rights.

Commercial - partnerships, small companies, personal insolvency, financial products including derivatives and hedge funds, banking, mortgages and securities.

Mrs Richman has a particular specialty in international law/cross border aspects of the above areas and is a practising member of the New York Bar.

Notable Cases

  • Kalyan v Malik (Court of Appeal) [2010] EWCA Civ 113, (2010) Times, 1st April 2010 (estate case, proprietary estoppel)
  • Eastman v Barker et al (Central London County Court) (1st June 2010) (solicitor's negligence, wasted costs)
  • Poppy Kitts v City of Westminster and others (Central London County Court) (4th May 2010) (CFAs, wasted costs, third party funding orders)
  • Trustee v Helen Smith (Croydon County Court) (20th April 2010) ("exceptional circumstances" under s 335A, 336 Insolvency Act 1986, HRA 1998, special needs of children)
  • Joannides v Rahman and another (Chancery Division) (4th March 2010) (summary judgment in probate case, conditional orders)
  • Knight v Bankside Property (Central London County Court) (27th January 2010) (solicitor's negligence)
  • McMullen v Durant (Central London County Court) (23rd October 2009) (solicitor's negligence)
  • Moore v Cecil (King's Lynn County Court) (15th September 2009) (probate, question of paternity, family provision)
  • Bhasin v Hastings (Queen's Bench Division) (17th December 2008) (breach of trust)
  • Karia v Ruparelia (Central London County Court) (December 2008) (validity of legal charge, bankruptcy)
  • Re Dr Gupta (Court of Protection) (17th September 2008) (statutory will, Indian Succesion Laws, property in India).
  • Cheval Bridging Finance v Hastings v Bhasin (Court of Appeal) (11th April 2008) (mortgages)
  • Rostamkhami v Patel (Central London County Court0 (2008-2009) (long-running trial of landlord and tenant restaurant dispute)
  • Boarer v Maciw and 13 others Chancery Division September 2006 (real property, riparian rights).
  • Henley-on-Thames Town Council v Pannier and others Reading County Court November 2006 (real property, manorial rights, riparian rights).
  • Vidyarthi v Clifford [2004] EWHC 2084 (Ch), [2005] 2 FLR 104 (bankruptcy and the family home).
  • UCB Bank plc v Hedworth [2004] EWHC 1138 (Ch) (banking and real property - overriding interests).
  • Clegg v Andersson t/a Nordic Marine [2003] EWCA Civ 320, [2003] 1 All ER (Comm) 721 (see references in Halsbury's Laws of England - Sale of Goods at sections 81, 199) (sale of goods).
  • Buggs v Buggs [2003] All ER (D) 379 (Jun), [2003] EWHC 1538 (Ch) (constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel).
  • Royal Bank of Scotland plc v Etridge (No 2) [2001] 4 All ER 44 (mortgages, undue influence).
  • Barclays Bank v Coleman and Coleman v Dixon Emberton v Spring [2000] 1 All ER 3850, CA (mortgages, solicitor's negligence).
  • National Westminster Bank plc v Sher [1998] BPIR 224 (bankruptcy).
  • Re a Debtor (No 5/4 of 1995) [1998] 2 BCLC 124 (IVAs).

Professional Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Practitioners (ACTAPS)
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Bar Council Indicative Sanctions Committee
  • Society of English and American Lawyers

Helene Pines Richman frequently presents seminars on various aspects of commercial and property law both with CLT and her chambers, 9 Stone Buildings. She is a frequent contributor to legal journals, including the Law Society's PS Journal (Monthly) and the New Law Journal. She has also appeared on the BBC and on Radio 4 as a commentator on legal issues involving banking, property and international law.


  • Atkins Court Forms, Practice and Forms, MORTGAGES (2003)
  • Atkins Court Forms, Practice and Forms, PARTNERSHIPS (1999)
  • Chancery Practice and Procedure (Jordans) - Inheritance Act Chapter
  • Butterworths Older Client Law Service (contributing editor in financial areas)


  • "Advising on Trusts for Disabled Persons" Trust Quarterly Review Vol 6 Issue 4 November 2008
  • "Beware of CRAG (Estate planning and charging for residential accommodation guide) - Breakdown of Complex Rules" Law Society's PS Journal (Probate) March 2008.
  • "Assessing Mental Capacity: a Legal Perspective" Law Society's PS Journal (Probate Section) Special Issue on the new Mental Capacity Act February 2007.
  • "Undue Influence: Legal Requirements for a Successful Claim" Law Society's PS Journal (Probate Section) November 2006.
  • "Miller v Miller and claims under the Inheritance Act" (2 part article) Law Society's PS Journal (Probate Section) September and October 2006.
  • "Constructive Trusts" Trusts and Estates Law Journal May 2004


  • Steady Eddy" Property in Practice, June 2008 (The limited rights of the public in privately owned foreshore are set to change with the new enactment of the Marine Bill)
  • "Legal Developments - Etridge Mortgage Cases" Legal Week 1st November 2001.
  • "The Etridge Mortgage Cases: A Review " The New Law Journal 19th October 2001.
  • "Using the Human Rights Act to save the Family Home" The New Law Journal 21st July 2000.