Richard Borrett

Richard Borrett


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Paul Clarke


Richard acts for claimants and defendants in the full range of clinical negligence and personal injury cases, including fatal and life-shortening conditions, both alone and as a junior. He also acts for families and other interested parties in inquests.

Richard is a reliable and efficient practitioner, can turn paperwork around quickly, and is willing to consider cases on a CFA basis where appropriate.

Year of Call: 2009

Areas of expertise

Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence

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:

    Cancer diagnosis, especially issues of causation

    Negligent treatment in psychiatry, including Art.2 issues

    Maternity and Labour

    Tissue management / pressure sores

    Cauda Equina



Significant Cases

Fetal developmental defects caused by chemotherapy in utero (as junior to Satinder Hunjan QC).

Spinal cord injury caused by failure to diagnose infective spondylodiscitis (as junior to Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC).

Spinal cord injury caused by inappropriate osteopathic treatment.

Delayed diagnosis of soft tissue sarcoma in the knee, value £500,000

Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from failure by paramedic to diagnose MI, value £600,000

Failure to diagnose Cauda Equina causing drop foot, incontinence & sexual dysfunction, value £500,000.

Stillbirth due to misdiagnosis of placental abruption as latent first stage – settled at mediation.


Court of Protection

Court of Protection

Richard is developing a practice Court of Protection matters. He accepts instructions from both local authorities and NHS Trusts as well as on behalf of P.

He has a particular interest in those cases where there is an intersection with his other practice areas of personal injury / clinical negligence / inquests.



Richard acts for families and other interested parties in inquests, whether arising from hospital deaths or otherwise, and has particular expertise in the application of Article 2 in both medical and non-medical inquests.

Richard regularly acts in inquests into the death of psychiatric patients (formal and informal inpatients, and those in the community), and inquests into neonatal deaths. 

Significant Cases

Neonatal death caused by hypoxic brain injury, 5-day inquest

Death from anaphylactic reaction during transplant surgery

Jury inquest into RTA death

Death of serviceman when vehicle rolled on exercise

Neonatal death reported as a ‘stillbirth’, but which the coroner found was not.

Death from meningitis which went undiagnosed and which was suffered shortly after spinal surgery.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Richard acts for both claimants and defendants in serious personal injury claims, exclusively at multi track level.

Particular Areas of Expertise

Animals Act and Equestrian claims

Claims against the MOD

Secondary Victim claims

Significant Cases

Secondary Victim and Fatal Accidents Act claim where pedestrian killed crossing the road

Acting for soldier who suffered a Functional Neurological Disorder as a result of deployment on exercise contrary to medical advice.

Degloving injury to naval cadet due to lack of supervision.

Spinal fracture as a result of being thrown from a horse

Fatal Accidents Act claim on behalf of the family of a soldier killed on exercise in the UK, required consideration of the relationship between FAA damages and AFCS compensation. Settled at mediation.

Claim on behalf riding school employee who suffered complex fractures to his ankle when he was thrown from a horse


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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