Richard is instructed in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Inquests and Court of Protection, both alone and as a junior on very large and complex cases with a senior junior or silk.
His expertise in those practice areas is detailed on the individual pages.
Richard has particular expertise which cuts across those practice areas: Military Injuries, Equestrian claims and safeguarding.
Richard is often instructed in cases involving vulnerable adults or children, in the court of protection, coroners courts, and civil litigation (including abuse claims). He regularly acts for local authorities in coroners’ courts where, for example, there is a death in supported living accommodation.
Richard’s expertise means that he is able, to deal with inquests where there are COP/DoLS issues, and thereafter to act in any subsequent litigation, as well as matters where there are COP and civil litigation issues in the same case.
Richard is regularly instructed to act for injured service personnel in both regular and special forces, where they have been injured or killed in service or in civilian life and in the UK or abroad. He is experienced in dealing with the unique issues which arise in such cases (conflict of laws, disclosure, loss of earnings claims, interaction with AFCS claims, etc).
He is an experienced inquest advocate and so is able to act for clients throughout the process, from inquest, to AFCS, to civil litigation and any court of protection issues arising.
Richard is (by marriage) part of a keen equestrian family and rides himself when time allows. He has an understanding of horses and the equestrian world, including eventing and hunting.
He has a good understanding of the (often misunderstood) Animals Act, and the particular issues which arise when equestrians are injured, in relation to riding ability and earning potential and this distinctive insight allows him to be a compelling advocate on cases of this nature.
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
- Secondary victim claims
- Fetal developmental defects caused by chemotherapy in utero during first trimester (as junior to Satinder Hunjan QC).
- Delayed diagnosis of soft tissue sarcoma in the knee, value £500,000
- Failure by GP to diagnose breast cancer, C required mastectomy and developed chronic post-surgical pain. Value £800,000
- Secondary victim claims by various family members of child who collapsed at home and died from undiagnosed sepsis
- Failure to diagnose nasal carcinoma leading to total rhinectomy, significant facial disfigurement, loss of smell and taste, etc. Value £300K
- Failure by dentist to refer to suspicious lesion, leading to delay in diagnosis or oral carcinoma, jaw resection, extensive reconstructive surgery.
- Negligent whole-brain radiation causing diffuse white matter brain injury, combined with negligent post-surgical drain removal causing necrotising pancreatitis, valued at £1,700,000.
Court of Protection
Richard acts for all interested parties in Court of Protection cases, often those arising from s21A applications, but also where there is cross over with his other areas of practice in clinical negligence or personal injury.
He is particularly experienced at working with local authority professionals in cases involving vulnerable adults, through his inquests work.
Richard acts for families and other interested parties in all kinds of inquests, and has expertise in the application of Article 2 in both medical and non-medical inquests.
Richard has vast experience of inquests across the UK arising from a very wide range of circumstances. He has particular experience in:
- Medical/hospital deaths
- Military deaths (in the UK and abroad)
- ‘Safeguarding’ issues
- Death of care-home resident who suffered from Korsakoff’s dementia and lacked capacity to make decisions as to care and treatment. He was permitted to decline all personal care, and over a period of many weeks developed a skin infection which developed into sepsis. Counsel to the Inquest instructed; likely to be listed with a Jury; 15 interested parties.
- Inquest into the Castlemartin tank incident (led by Michael Rawlinson QC). See media coverage here (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/02/corporals-died-in-tank-blast-after-officer-given-guest-experience-wales-inquest-hears) and here (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-44682846)
- Unexplained death of a vulnerable man in circumstances where safeguarding concerns had been raised with various agencies. Acting for local authority.
- Inquest into death of Jamie-Lee Sawyer on a kayaking exercise in Cyprus, when local weather warnings were not heeded. (https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/jamie-lee-sawyer-inquest-kayaker-13181794)
- Inquest into a domestic murder, where the schizophrenic offender had been referred to the duty social worker some weeks before the murder. Acting for local authority.
- Jury inquest into RTA death where pedestrian was walking in inside lane of motorway at night, having recently been stopped by the police.
- High profile inquest into death of Afghanistan veteran on exercise. The vehicle in which he was travelling overturned, and he was ejected: https://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/12927969.soldiers-death-at-cumbria-training-base-was-accidental-inquest-told/
- 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
- Military Injuries
- Secondary Victim claims
- Sexual/physical abuse claims
Acting for the family of a spectator killed at a downhill mountain-biking event when a competitor left the course.
Claim against dog rehoming charity for rehoming a ‘pit bull type’ dog which went on to savagely attack the Claimant.
Acting for victim of historic sexual abuse by serving police officer (led by Satinder Hunjan QC)
Acting for 2 surviving occupants of the tank in the Castlemartin tank explosion (led by Michael Rawlinson QC).
Acting for victim of historic abuse by football coach.
Member of special forces injured in cycling accident, suffering various orthopaedic injuries and brain injury, subject to discharge, valued at £1,500,000.
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.
Member of special forces suffering spinal injury on an exercise, claim pleaded at £3,500,000.
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)