Richard Livingston

Clinical Negligence


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:
Stephen Loxton
Paul Clarke

Clinical Negligence

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):-

Significant Reported Cases

Representing a Claimant where it is alleged the Defendant failed to recognise congenital spinal abnormalities, prior to undertaking a spinal decompression. It is alleged that the Claimant suffered cauda equina syndrome due to the tethering of her spinal cord. The claim is pleaded at £800,000 and is listed for a 5-day High Court Trial.

Representing Claimants where there have been substantial delays in diagnosis of cancer.

Representing the Dependents of a young man who tragically committed suicide after Mental Health Services negligently discharged him.

Representing a Claimant with peri-natal injuries due to obstetric negligence.

Representing the parents of a child who was still-born due to obstetric mismanagement.

Representing a Claimant whose gallstone disease was misdiagnosed.

Representing a 23 year old woman who suffered impaired vision as the result of negligently performed laser eye surgery.

Representing a Defendant where the Claimant is alleged to have suffered impaired kidney function and fibromyalgia as a consequence of the Defendant’s alleged negligence.

Representing a Defendant in a case where the Claimant alleges that an episiotomy was negligently performed.

Advising the insurers of a Plastic Surgeon who was named as a Defendant in the PIP Group Litigation.

Acting for the NHSLA in a case where the Claimant alleged negligence on the part of a Vascular Surgeon for failure to ‘strip’ a varicose vein. The Claimant discontinued shortly before trial.


"He commands respect by virtue of his knowledge, diligent preparation and always being prepared to listen."

Legal 500


Richard specialises in all aspects of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence work. His practice encompasses injuries of the utmost severity and he regularly acts alone in cases where the value is pleaded up to £1,000,000. 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 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), carpal tunnel syndrome, hand arm vibration syndrome, noise induced hearing loss, occupational stress/harassment, upper limb disorders, tenosynovitis, silicosis and dermatitis. He is on a number of Insurers’ panels. Richard regularly undertakes limitation trials and has lectured extensively on the subject.

He is regularly instructed in cases involving Chronic Pain Syndromes, Complex Regional Pain Syndromes, Chronic Fatigue Syndromes, Somatoform Pain Disorders, Somatic Symptom Disorders, Conversion Disorders and Fibromyalgia.

Richard also practises in the fields of Clinical and Dental Negligence and is instructed by Claimants, the MDU and the NHSLA.

Richard also has a substantial professional negligence practice in the context of negligently mishandled personal injury and clinical negligence actions.

He is regarded as having a practice well beyond his call.

Year of Call: 2006

Areas of Expertise


Northern Circuit

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



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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