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.
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.
“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)
“A formidable advocate who can think very quickly on his feet.”
Legal 500 2020 Tier 1 (Clinical Negligence)
“He is hard-working and thorough. He helps clients to feel comfortable and always ensures that they understand the medical and legal issues.” “He has an intelligent eye for detail and provides consistently well-thought-out advice. He responds promptly and delivers on time.”
Chambers UK 2019 (Clinical Negligence)
“An excellent barrister who is quick on his feet.”
Legal 500 2019
“His skills and expertise go beyond what you would expect for someone of his call.” “He’s brilliant - a really very good advocate and his preparation was second to none.”
Chambers UK 2018 (Clinical Negligence)
“Easy to get hold of and goes above and beyond what is required of him.” “Tactically insightful with impressive attention to detail.”
Chambers UK 2017 (Clinical Negligence)
Atkinson v South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 1590 (QB);  All ER (D) 199 (May)
High Court Deputy Queen’s Bench Master
H.M. Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull
Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional ‘B’ Panel)
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)
Inner Temple (Exhibitioner, 2009)
BA (Hons) Law with Business Studies, University of Warwick (First Class Honours)
Bar Vocational Course, College of Law (Outstanding, ranked overall 1st in year)