Richard is instructed in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Inquests and Court of Protection matters, both alone and as a junior on very large and complex cases with a senior junior or silk.
His expertise in those practice areas is detailed on the individual pages.
Richard has particular expertise which cuts across those practice areas including Safeguarding/Abuse, Military Injuries and Equestrian Injuries.
Human rights issues arise in all of his practice areas, particularly the positive and investigatory obligations under Art. 2 (in inquests and litigation), Art. 3 (in personal injury/abuse litigation) and Art. 5 (in Court of Protection work).
Richard is often instructed in cases involving vulnerable adults or children, in the Court of Protection, Coroners courts, and civil litigation.
He acts for families and local authorities in Coroners’ courts where, there is a death in residential care or following a referral to social services.
He acts for Claimants and Defendants in abuse claims, both adult and child. He has a particular interest in ‘failure to remove’ claims, following GN v Poole, and can advise on the possible HRA 1998 claims (for breach of Art.3 and Art.8) that arise in such cases.
Richard’s expertise means that he is able, to deal with inquests where there are CoP/DoLS issues, and thereafter to act in any subsequent litigation, as well as matters where there are CoP and civil litigation issues in the same case.
Richard is regularly instructed to act for injured service personnel in both regular and special forces, where they have been injured or killed in service or in civilian life and in the UK or abroad. He has been involved in some of the most high profile military injury cases of the last few years.
He is experienced in dealing with the unique issues which arise in such cases (conflict of laws, disclosure, loss of earnings claims, interaction with AFCS claims, etc).
He is an experienced inquest advocate and so is able to act for clients throughout the process, from inquest, to AFCS, to civil litigation and any court of protection issues arising.
Richard is (by marriage) part of a keen equestrian family and rides himself when time allows. He has an understanding of horses and the equestrian world, including eventing and hunting.
He has a good understanding of the (often misunderstood) Animals Act, and the particular issues which arise when equestrians are injured, in relation to riding ability and earning potential and this distinctive insight allows him to be a compelling advocate on cases of this nature.
Year of Call: 2009
Richard acts for all interested parties in Court of Protection cases, often those arising from s21A applications, but also where there is cross over with his other areas of practice in Clinical Negligence or Personal Injury.
He is particularly experienced at working with local authority professionals in cases involving vulnerable adults, through his inquests work.
Richard acts for both Claimants and Defendants in Clinical Negligence matters of substantial complexity and severity, both alone and as a junior. This includes disabling injuries, and fatal and life-shortening conditions.
Particular Areas of Expertise:
Richard acts for families and other interested parties in all kinds of inquests, and has expertise in the application of Article 2 in both medical and non-medical inquests.
Richard has vast experience of inquests across the UK arising from a very wide range of circumstances. He has particular experience in:
Richard acts for both claimants and defendants in serious personal injury claims, exclusively at multi-track level.
Particular Areas of Expertise
Abuse / Safeguarding
Personal Injury Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
“Clinical Negligence: Causation” for Westlaw UK’s Insight
2007, University of Liverpool (Chester): BSc Hons, First Class
2008, College of Law: Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation
2009, College of Law: Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent
2009, College of Law: LLB Hons (2:1)
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