Richard Livingston

Richard Livingston Clinical Negligence & Healthcare Barrister


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
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5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
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Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

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Stephen Loxton
Paul Clarke

Richard Livingston Clinical Negligence & Healthcare Barrister

Significant Reported Cases

In the field of clinical negligence, Richard has represented Claimants, Defendant Trusts, Medical Defence Organisations and Dental Defence Organisations in a wide range of complex and high value claims, many of which have been pleaded in excess of £7 million. He frequently advises these organisations in claims where contributions are sought or resisted.

Richard has recently been involved in the litigation and conclusion of the following cases which are notable either due to their value or nature of the issues involved (the names of the parties have been anonymised):

Acting for a Claimant who suffers 4 limb cerebral palsy on account of the negligent mismanagement of her birth (led by Nicholas Braslavsky QC).

Acting for a Claimant who was rendered blind on account of the Defendant’s failure to diagnose and treat giant cell arteritis.

Acting for a Claimant who was rendered blind due to a negligently performed optic nerve sheath fenestration. The claim was pleaded in excess of £5 million (led by Satinder Hunjan QC).

Acting for Defendant Trusts and Defence Organisations in numerous cases involving cauda equina syndrome, cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia and other birth defects, mismanaged diabetes requiring amputation, high-value obstetric injuries and mismanaged ophthalmic injuries leading to blindness.

Acting without a leader for a Defendant Trust in a case against a silk involving failure to diagnose and treat thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency following a sleeve gastrectomy procedure leading to Wernicke's encephalopathy and nutritional amblyopia. The claim was pleaded at a capitalised value of £6 million.

Acting without a leader for a Defendant trust in case involving a delayed diagnosis of an optic pathway glioma. The case settled for close to a tenth of its pleaded value which was in the region of £3 million.

Acting without a leader for a Defendant in a case involving a negligently performed osteotomy. The claim was pleaded at £3 million and settled for a fifth of its pleaded value.

Acting for a Defendant Trust in a case of admitted failure to diagnose slipped upper femoral epiphysis. The claim was pleaded at £1.6 million and settled for a little over a tenth of the pleaded value.

Acting for a Defendant Trust in a case against a silk where the Claimant’s 6-year-old daughter suffered profound neurological insult following a procedure to repair a ventricular septal defect. The claim is pleaded at £7 million.

Acting for a Defendant Trust in a case of alleged negligent delay in the diagnosis of autoimmune myelitis with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The claim was pleaded at £4 million.

Acting for a GP in case involving a delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer. The claim was pleaded at £5 million and was subsequently discontinued mid-way through trial.


Richard specialises in all aspects of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence work. His practice encompasses injuries of the utmost severity, and he regularly acts without a leader in cases where the value is pleaded well in excess £7,000,000. His cases regularly involve orders for periodical payments, accommodation claims and lifelong provision for care and assistance.

He has secured millions of pounds of compensation for seriously injured Claimants and their Dependants. He also defends cases of similar value at Trial and at Joint Settlement Meetings for numerous Insurers, Medical  and Dental Defence Organisations, Defendant Health Trusts, and the Motor Insurers Bureau. He has secured substantial awards before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority where the damages initially awarded were inadequate.

Richard has developed a substantial reputation in the field of Occupational Disease. He is regularly instructed by Claimants and Defendants alike in claims involving benign and malignant asbestos-related conditions (pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma), asthma, chemical exposure (COSHH claims), and occupational stress/harassment. He is on several Insurers’ panels.

He frequently advises on claims for contribution between insurers and medical defence organisations.

Richard also has a substantial professional negligence practice in the context of negligently mishandled personal injury and clinical negligence actions.

He regularly appears without a leader in cases against QCs. He is regarded as having a practice well beyond his call.

Year of Call: 2006

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Negligence & Healthcare

Occupational Disease

Professional Negligence

Serious Injury



Northern Circuit

North Eastern Circuit


University:               University of Manchester

Degree:                    BA (First Class Honours) English Language and Literature

Year of Call:             2006 (Middle Temple)

Awards:                    Middle Temple Benefactors' Scholar


Chambers UK 2022:

"Very experienced junior who is highly thought of, good with clients and has a lot of experience." "A well-prepared opponent who is personable and easy to get along with."

Legal 500 2022:

" Richard is responsive and personable, easy to work with and his written advice is digestible by clients and instructing solictors alike."

"Thoroughness and attention to detail, and intellectual rigour, combined with a practical approach, and ability to get a point across, whether persuasively to a Judge, or to the lay client. Can be relied on to express a careful and considered view, in an understated yet most effective way."

Chambers UK 2021:

"A very versatile barrister, he knows what he's doing and doesn't make mistakes." 

Legal 500 2021:

"Puts clients at ease, explaining the most difficult issues to lay clients in a clear and friendly way. Excellent at getting to the bottom of what a claim is really about and how to win it. Prepares extremely well. Has produced excellent results at Show Cause hearings. Extremely capable in the fields of asbestos and Occupational disease generally."

Chambers UK 2020:

"He is calm, intellectual, superbly organised and very user-friendly."

Legal 500 2019:

‘A barrister who is a safe pair of hands.’

Legal 500 2018:

‘Undaunted by any task.’

Legal 500 2017:

‘He commands respect by virtue of his knowledge, diligent preparation and always being prepared to listen.’

Legal 500 2015:

“He has a practice beyond his call”

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