Richard Kember

Richard Kember

Year of Call: 1993
Clerk: Michael Lieberman

Richard specialises in Chancery, Commercial and Employment law work.   

His Chancery practice is split between land and wills, trusts and probate disputes. He advises and represents clients in all disputes over land, including TOLATA claims and regularly appears in the specialist tribunals where these matters are often heard. His contentious probate caseload includes inheritance and family provision as well as Court of Protection matters. He is recommended for Chancery and Commercial Dispute Resolution work by Chambers UK 2017 which reports "He is excellent. He provides a first-class service and is easy to use. He is willing to go the extra mile." Chambers UK 2016 says about him "He is a safe pair of hands, he is sober minded and sensible." "He is probably the most professional, courteous and thorough barrister I have ever worked with. One of his best skills is to read a case and interpret what is likely to happen, so that we can move the case forward."

Richard’s Commercial and Business Disputes work includes company law and insolvency, landlord and tenant and professional negligence. Chambers Uk 2018 records Richars as "meticulous and tough...willing to go the extra mile for the clients". Chambers UK 2017 says he enjoys a growing reputation and that “He is very steadfast in his approach.” “He always looks for the best outcome for his client and doesn't get caught up in minutiae.”

Chambers UK 2016 recommends him for Commercial Dispute Resolution, saying that "he is a safe pair of hands; an advocate whom one can trust." He is recommended in The Legal 500 2016 for commercial, banking and insolvency, where it recommends him as being "highly experienced in chancery law." The 2015 edition notes that "his written work and drafting is always of an exemplary standard." The Legal 500 2014 edition records that his “Chancery and commercial expertise includes TOLATA claims as well as company and insolvency law.”

He heads the Employment team at 9 Park Place where he undertakes both claimant and respondent work, advising and representing clients across the spectrum of discrimination (including gender reassignment), TUPE and constructive unfair dismissal claims. He is recommended in The Legal 500 2016 as being "experienced in senior employee and directors' claims " and in the 2015 edition as being "a very bright professional, with a keen eye for detail." The Legal 500 2014 confirms that he is “experienced in acting for both claimants and defendants.”

Richard’s Commercial and Business Disputes caseload includes: 

  • Commercial property including dilapidations and rent review disputes
  • Common law contractual disputes
  • Company law including directors’ duties and shareholders agreements
  • Insolvency
  • Partnership
  • Professional negligence 
  • Residential property including landlord and tenant and leasehold enfranchisement

Richard’s Chancery caseload includes


  • Adverse possession
  • Boundaries
  • Easements
  • Land Registration
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sales and Trust of Land

 Wills, Trusts & Probate 

  • Administration of estates
  • Contentious Probate
  • Court of Protection
  • Implied, constructive and resulting Trusts
  • Inheritance Act
  • Wills

Richard was educated at Bishop of Llandaff High School and Balliol College, Oxford before going on to study at Inns of Court School of Law.