Chambers UK Bar 100
Barbara is listed in Chambers and Partners inaugural Chambers 100 UK Bar ranking of the top barristers practising in England and Wales
Solicitors say that "she immediately sees the key points in a matter and integrates legal and practical considerations well in order to provide legally robust yet commercial advice."
Chambers UK 2014: Chancery – Traditional (Band 1) "She gives very practical advice, is extremely approachable and client-focused." "Her advice is thorough, and she carefully guides you through what can be extremely complex areas."
Chambers UK 2014: Court of Protection Property and Affairs (Star Individual) “She knows the property and affairs area inside out, and is frighteningly intelligent.” “She provides sound, comprehensive advice.”
Legal 500 2014: Private client: trusts and probate Leading junior who “gives consistent, wise advice”
Barbara Rich has practised as a barrister at 5 Stone Buildings since 1991. She specialises in succession, trusts and Court of Protection cases, often of substantial value and/or legal complexity and importance, concerning
Barbara is recommended as a leading junior for traditional Chancery work in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 204 guides, and has been highly ranked in both guides for several years. Previous directory entries have described her in the following terms: "a swift intelligent advocate", " a strong player...with a manner that is... charmingly traditional", "highly regarded for her straightforward manner and understated approach", ”distinguishes herself by offering a service that goes beyond what is normally expected”, “When instructing her, ‘top-notch legal analysis always comes as standard.’ Beyond this, observers note that her "incredible patience, great people skills and reconciliatory manner" set her apart from other barristers”, “a pleasant, sensitive and effective mediator”, “an impressive performer” and “very erudite”.
Barbara was shortlisted for the Elder Client Law Professional of the Year award at the STEP Private Client Awards in October 2009 and for the Chancery junior of the year award at the Chambers Bar Awards 2010 and again in 2011. She is shortlisted for the ACTAPS Contentious Barrister of the year 2014.
Barbara is an enthusiastic and effective mediator with substantial mediation experience (20 mediations conducted in 2012-13), particularly in contentious probate and Inheritance Act claims. Many of these have been large claims involving complex issues and several parties. Mediation clients have praised her persistence, patience and ability to help the parties focus on the issues in dispute. Recent feedback includes "patient and kind and very intelligent... she handled questions of fact and law very sensitively"; "Barbara's expertise and understanding of the law, as well as her personal, yet pragmatic, touch resulted in a very quick and positive settlement for all involved"; "very grateful for the sensitive and diplomatic way a potentially volatile situation was handled" and "very able, knowledgeable and with a very good manner".
Barbara's Mediation CV can be found here
Barbara is the consultant editor of Jordans' Elder Law Journal (first issue published January 2011) and assistant editor of Heywood & Massey: Court of Protection Practice and has written articles for a range of other professional journals. She is regularly in demand for speaking engagements within her field of expertise.
Barbara reads and speaks French well and is happy to accept instructions which have a French element or require reading French documents.
Notable cases in which Barbara has appeared include:
Court of Protection
Together with a number of other cases of which the facts and law remain private, but which have involved substantial assets, highly contentious allegations and multi jurisdictional issues.
Trusts and Trustees
Recent and forthcoming speaking engagements:
2013 5 Stone Buildings Court of Protection and Mental Capacity Act seminar
Solicitors for the Elderly 2013 National Conference: Legal Update
TLT/Lyons Davidson seminar on the role of the Court of Protection in preventing financial abuse
Farrers seminar on Court of Protection issues
STEP Newcastle seminar on trusts disputes
CPDcast on assessment of legal capacity in the Court of Protection
Recent and forthcoming articles:
Elder Law Overview for 2013 – parts 1 and 2 Eld. L.J. 2013, 3(3), 258-265, Eld. L.J. 2013 3(4) 367
Adult Incapacity and Liability for Professional Negligence Eld. L.J. 2012, 2(4), 343-347
Barbara is a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), and an honorary member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).