Richard Grimshaw

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Richard practices in the field of clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. He undertakes a broad spectrum of clinical negligence work acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants (including NHS Resolution, Medical Defence Union and Ministry of Defence). Richard has experience of trials (both on his own and as junior counsel), interlocutory and approval hearings in clinical negligence matters, as well as healthcare related inquests. He also regularly attends conferences with experts. Furthermore, Richard has considerable experience of drafting pleadings and providing written advices on liability, evidence and quantum. He is often instructed in matters that would otherwise be sent to more senior counsel.
Richard has experience of a variety of gynaecology and obstetrics cases, including:
- Gynaecological surgery causing damage to the bowel, leading to sepsis, pleaded at over 1m; settled at JSM;
- Injury to ureters during hysterectomy procedure, pleaded at over 1m;
- Rupture of vaginal structure during colposcopy procedure leading to sexual and psychosexual dysfunction;
- Gynaecological surgery leading to a vesicovaginal fistula;
- Gynaecological surgery leading to a rectovaginal fistula and ongoing faecal incontinence;
- Obstetric management;
- Postpartum haemorrhage;
- Endometritis and other urogynaecology infections;
- Mismanagement of endometriosis;
- Representing family at an inquest concerning obstetric management of labour where the baby died.
Richard is known for his sensitive and empathetic manner, making him well suited to cases in this area.
Further information
Richard is happy to undertake work on a conditional fee agreement basis where appropriate.
He has also given a number of talks and seminars about various aspects of civil procedure, clinical negligence, personal injury and inquest work.
“Richard is extremely knowledgeable in clinical negligence cases and in every new case, he does detailed research into that particular medical issue and understands the medical records and expert evidence. He is not afraid to challenge the medical experts in their field of expertise and ensures no stone is left unturned. He is extremely approachable and responds promptly to any queries. His work is always completed to a very high standard.”
Legal 500 2023 Tier 1 (Clinical Negligence)
Ranked Band 2
Chambers UK 2023 (Clinical Negligence)
“He has a very good eye for detail, is empathetic, and always goes out of his way to help.”
Chambers UK 2022 (Clinical Negligence)
“Richard is meticulous, exceptionally analytical and well prepared. He provides superb tactical and pragmatic advice whilst also being precise and persuasive in written and oral argument.”
Legal 500 2022 (Clinical Negligence)
“He is technically extremely capable and is very meticulous in the work he does. His client care skills are also excellent, and he is always easy to get hold of.” “Very client-focused and attentive.” “A thorough advocate with an eye for detail.”
Chambers UK 2021 (Clinical Negligence)
“Pragmatic and exceptionally analytical, with excellent strategic judgement and in-depth knowledge.”
Legal 500 2021 (Clinical Negligence)
“He was well prepared, approached the matter very well and had an impressive style on his feet.”
Chambers UK 2021 (Inquest and Inquiries)
“Articulate and succinct in both written and oral advocacy, he quickly earns the respect of those he appears before.”
Legal 500 2021 (Inquest and Inquiries)
“He has a great eye for detail and provides robust, pragmatic and precise advice in complex clinical negligence cases.” “He is extremely well prepared and hard-working, and will dedicate himself to pursuing every issue.”
Chambers UK 2020 (Clinical Negligence)
Reported Cases
Atkinson v South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWHC 1590 (QB); [2014] All ER (D) 199 (May)
Recorder (Civil and Crime)
Deputy Master (Queen’s Bench Division, High Court)
Assistant Coroner (2017-2021) for Birmingham and Solihull
Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional ‘B’ Panel)
Contributing Editor – ‘Civil Procedure (The White Book)’ since 2022
Senior Junior Counsel to the Inquiry – UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry
Inner Temple Prize for ‘Outstanding’ Bar Vocational Course Result (2010)
College of Law Prize for Top Overall Bar Vocational Course Result (2009/10)
College of Law Prize for Top Advocacy Assessment Results (2009/10)
Inner Temple Exhibition Award (2009)
Midlands Circuit
Inner Temple (Exhibitioner, 2009)
Coroner’s Society
BA (Hons) Law with Business Studies, University of Warwick (First Class Honours)
Bar Vocational Course, College of Law (Outstanding, ranked overall 1st in year)

Latest News & Publications

It has been announced by the Inquiry Chair, Baroness Heather Hallett, that Richard Grimshaw has been appointed to join its legal team...

Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2022
We are delighted to announce that Richard Grimshaw has joined the editorial team for ‘Civil Procedure...

Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2022
The judgment handed down by the Supreme Court in the case of XX (Respondent) v Whittington Hospital...

Date: Thu, 04 Jun 2020