Clinical Negligence & Healthcare
36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082
5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
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Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
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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):
A claim valued at £25 million (capitalised) where an 18-month old child was rendered paraplegic and brain damaged following a road traffic collision (led by Satinder Hunjan QC).
A claim valued at £13 million (capitalised) where a high earning sales executive suffered a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident led by Satinder Hunjan QC).
A claim pleaded in excess of £4 million where it was alleged that the Claimant suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Somatoform Disorder when his petrol -soaked trousers ignited (led by Michael Rawlinson QC). The claim involved a complete destruction of earning capacity, a claim for 24-hour care and loss of capacity. The claim settled prior to the commencement of a 10-day High Court Trial.
A claim where the Claimant was rendered paraplegic when a balcony in her holiday villa collapsed (led by Michael Rawlinson QC). The claim settled prior to the commencement of an 8-day High Court Trial.
Acted for the Motor Insurers Bureau in an important appeal involving the interpretation of Clause 6 of the Uninsured Drivers Agreement 1999 Whyatt v Powell and Motor Insurers Bureau  EWHC 484 (QB).
Acting for a road traffic insurer in defence of a head injury claim by an 18-year old student. The case settled for 10% of the pleaded value at a Joint Settlement Meeting (led by Michael Rawlinson QC).
Acting for a 21-year old music artist who suffered serious brain and multiple orthopaedic injuries following a road traffic accident (led by Nicholas Braslavsky QC). The claim settled prior to the commencement of a 10-day High Court Trial.
Acting for numerous Claimants and Defendants at Trial, CICA Appeals, JSMs and at interlocutory stage, in cases involving acquired brain injury. Many of these cases involve the loss of capacity.
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
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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