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
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123
Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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)