15a Brighton Place
Richard is a Private Client Solicitor with over 17 years post-qualification experience. Prior to joining Cognitive Law, Richard was a partner of in two large mid-Sussex Practices. He has strong links with the Brighton and Hove area and surrounds, as well as Mid-Sussex. That said, Richard acts for clients nationwide and internationally.
Richard has a reputation of building strong personal relationships with clients, many of whom he has acted for a number of years. He has been the lead driver in Later Life planning in the Sussex area and his work has previously earned a Law Society Excellence Award.
Richard also has a proven background in advising on tax planning and wealth management, issues around capacity and the Court of Protection and End of Life matters. He regularly interacts with and advises care providers in respect of their personal affairs and those of their clients.
Richard is keen to provide quality, pragmatic advice which represents good value for money to his clients. His wide knowledge and personable approach engenders trust and confidence from both private and commercial clients.
Richard regularly provides advice in the following areas:
- Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection Deputyships
- Statutory Wills
- Management of financial affairs
- Issues and disputes around capacity
- Elder abuse
- Care finding, care provider contracts
- Care audits/spot checks
- Care fees advice – Private, Local Authority & Continuing Care
- Wealth planning and protection
- Inheritance tax planning
- Business owners’ tax planning and succession
- Preparation of Wills
End of Life
- Administration of estates
Services to professionals
- Advice to Care Providers
- Advice to existing attorneys and deputies on Deputy Standards, practicalities, and best practice
"Having worked in my capacity as a social worker with Richard Bates on a number of occasions, I have been incredibly impressed by not only his legal knowledge, but the depth of his 'soft skills'. Richard is gentle, patient and understanding of people's personal circumstances and is always willing to take whatever time is needed by the client. Richard's non-judgemental and kind approach to sometimes tricky family circumstances make him an excellent choice for work with private clients. Highly recommended!"
Lauran Etkin (Senior Social Worker & Expert Mental Capacity Assessor
"We have used Richard Bates on several previous occasions. His expertise and effective advice has again been greatly appreciated. His friendly and agreeable manner showing care for the whole family has made a difficult situation so much easier, leading to a successful outcome.
Meanwhile he recommended one of his colleagues for a property matter for our church and that is progressing very smoothly. A great firm!."
"Rich has been very helpful and understanding. My daughter was introduced to him as client last week and commented that he was extremely good at explaining things to her."
"Richard has been the family solicitor for many years. He has worked diligently with dedication to procure the very best advice and direction in some delicate situations. He has handled difficulties with the utmost professionalism, diplomacy and attention to detail. I feel that Richard has tailored a very individual service to specific needs where nothing is too much trouble. He has always responded to requests in a timely way and made me feel at ease with his patience in explaining things in simple terms I have been able to understand. I would highly recommend Richard for his work,attitude and very kind nature."
“Richard was an immense help to my family over several anxious years when a vulnerable elderly relative was in need of protection and support. He communicated with her with great compassion and patience in often very difficult circumstances. Richard obviously cares deeply about his clients, doing his utmost to resolve their situations positively and set up long-term solutions with highly competent partner organisations where necessary. He provides the best possible advice in a complex area with great clarity in a calm and very reassuring way. He is a man of huge professional and personal integrity and I have complete trust in his abilities and expertise. I have continued to seek Richard's advice on other issues and have no hesitation in recommending him to friends who have been equally impressed with his professional and caring approach.”
"I have used Rich for my personal legal work as well as introducing him to my clients. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in making further referrals as Rich is incredibly personable and has a far-reaching knowledge of later life and estate planning issues and the most appropriate solutions."
Richard, West Sussex
"My family have been advised by Richard for a number of years and I have no hesitation in recommending him. His knowledge, experience and ability to guide us through complex legal issues allied with his measured and calm approach have been invaluable."
"We have had a very close working relationship with Richard over a number of years, and all the clients we have referred to him have been extremely complimentary of the advice and personalised service he offers. In our experience Richard has been extremely thorough, and if needed, has been able to see clients at short notice. Richard has vast experience in dealing in later life matters, where he has been particularly helpful to the clients we have referred to him. Richard is by no means limited to dealing with Later Life work, and also has extensive knowledge covering Estate Planning, Wills, Probate, and providing advice to existing attorney and deputies on the practicalities and best practice. We are always wary when referring our clients, but in Richards case, we have full confidence in his knowledge, applications and personable manner with clients, and as such he comes highly recommended."
"From the moment I first used Rich myself I have never had any hesitation in ever referring clients to him. His approach is absolutely first class. He takes the time to understand what they are looking for, putting them at ease, never over complicating matters but ensuring they know the different options they have whilst never feeling under any pressure to proceed. The feedback from my clients who used them is that of myself, he is superb at what he does and they too would have no hesitation in referring him."
I can happily recommend the services of Cognitive Law and specifically Richard Bates. We have worked together and he has helped myself and several of my clients over the years. Clear, helpful and thoroughly professional advice. A great service from him and the whole Cognitive Law team.
"Richard Bates recently did my will following my divorce. This was a very easy process as he guided me through the process and advised me on any terms I might not understand. Since then I have recommended Richard and Cognitive Law to friends who have also equally had the same experience. I would now go to them for other matter in the future."