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Tax Lawyers


Manchester, United Kingdom

Advice type

Tax, wills & trusts

Succession planning

Wealth preservation

Client types


Business owners

Sector focus


Business and Consumer Services

Legal Advisory Services


Richard Bate


Richard Bate leads the wills, trusts, tax and probate team nationally for Weightmans; a top 45 UK law firm, with over 1,200 people working from offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

Bate is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Law Society private client section, with broad experience of working with clients from myriad backgrounds, having worked in large commercial and smaller high street firms.

2019 has been a successful one for Bate. ‘We have had a busy and exciting year, continuing to grow in terms of the size of the team, the locations covered and the number of new clients taken on,’ he says.

David Archer has made a name as the personal go-to for clients seeking special counsel in special situations. With a career that spans three decades, and all of the experience accumulated during this time, it’s no surprise that his advice is sought by a diverse clientele. They include international and national UNHWs, creative industry personalities and multinational companies.

Possessing an insatiable sense of curiosity, Archer notes that ‘if somebody tells me something can’t be done, I like to understand why. And I’m not very good at saying “no”. I like getting things done.

‘Finding proper and effective ways through problems, so that clients can achieve all of their aims, is immensely satisfying.’

Rank: Recommended

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