Richard Livingston Pain Syndromes Barrister
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
Acting for a 33 year old Major who suffered complex regional pain syndrome following a road traffic accident and was discharged from the army as a consequence.
Acting for a Chef who suffered complex regional pain syndrome following an accident at work. The claim involved allegations of a loss of a chance of promotion, partial destruction of earning capacity and lifelong care. The claim settled for a substantial undisclosed sum at JSM.
Acting for a 34 year old Claimant who suffered fibromyalgia following a road traffic accident. The claim settled for a substantial undisclosed sum at JSM.
"He commands respect by virtue of his knowledge, diligent preparation and always being prepared to listen."
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 well in excess £2,000,000. 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), occupational stress/harassment, upper limb disorders, tenosynovitis, silicosis and dermatitis. He is on a number of Insurers’ panels.
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, the DDU and NHS Resolution.
Richard also has a substantial professional negligence practice in the context of negligently mishandled personal injury and clinical negligence actions.
He regularly appears without a leader in cases against QCs. He is regarded as having a practice well beyond his call.
Year of Call: 2006
Areas of Expertise
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 2019:
‘A barrister who is a safe pair of hands.’
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”