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):
Notable Occupational Disease cases
Richard is instructed as Junior Counsel in the Aerotoxicity Litigation. The Claimants comprise pilots and cabin crew who have been allegedly exposed to partially pyrolised engine oil/hydraulic fluid containing mixtures of Organophosphates (led by Michael Rawlinson KC). Richard also secured substantial pre-action disclosure at a contested hearing before a Deputy Judge of the High Court Hinton v Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd (Reported on Lawtel 2018 and contains a full review of the relevant authorities).
Representing a living Claimant diagnosed with mesothelioma. Liability and diagnosis disputed. The Defendant sought to extend Williams v University of Birmingham to 1982. The case settled shortly at its full value shortly before an expedited High Court Trial (led by Michael Rawlinson KC).
Acting for the Dependents of lung cancer victim. A claim for pleural plaques was compromised for notional damages against one employer during the Deceased’s lifetime. This compromise did not allow for provisional damages. The Deceased’s Estate subsequently issued a claim against another employer following his death. The Defendant argues: Accord and Satisfaction; Abuse of Process/Issue Estoppel in line with Jameson v CEGB  and seeks to challenge Dowdell v William Kenyon  and Lloyd v Humphreys & Glasgow Ltd . The case settled shortly before a 5-day High Court Trial (led by Harry Steinberg KC).
Acting for a Claimant who suffered mesothelioma as a consequence of exposure to asbestos dust in Sicily. Involved issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws (led by Michael Rawlinson KC).
Richard is instructed by the Defendant in a claim for asbestos-related lung cancer in a claim pleaded in excess of £2.4 million, where a 40-year-old living Claimant alleged exposure to asbestos as a labourer from 1994 – 2005 Taylor v Fascia Futures Ltd  EWHC 3049 (QB). Richard acted alone against a KC and junior.
Acted for the Dependents of an engineer who succumbed to mesothelioma. The case settled shortly before a 5-day trial. The case involved issues of the correct approach to Williams v University of Birmingham and whether the (then) traditional approach to a dependency claim under Cookson v Knowles should continue to apply (led by Michael Rawlinson KC).
Acting without a leader in numerous cases where the Claimant has succumbed to mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Many of these cases exceed £1 million.
Secured substantial settlement for the family of a mesothelioma victim who successfully sued the demolition firm of whom the victim was director and the local authority who regularly engaged that company.
Secured settlement in numerous claims for living mesothelioma victims where the funding of immunotherapy treatment is contested.
Acting for several Claimants who have developed nasal cancer as a consequence of exposure to wood dust.
Acting for a Defendant in an important appeal relating to the approach that should be taken at a show cause hearing in a mesothelioma case - Austin v Plumb Furniture Systems Ltd (Reported on Lawtel).
Acting for a Defendant in a living mesothelioma claim where the Claimant’s exposure took place pre-1975. The case was successfully defended on the basis that the Claimant’s exposure to asbestos was so light as to not give rise to a foreseeable risk of injury.
Acting for Defendants in a large number mesothelioma claim where issues arise as to the date of knowledge of exposure to low levels of asbestos in the motor repair industry.
Acting for a Defendant in a silicosis trial where the allegation was raised that the Claimant had suffered no actionable injury on the basis that his condition was asymptomatic - Mills v J P Barnes & Sons Ltd (Reported on Lawtel).