Richard has a broad clinical negligence practice and is regularly instructed on inquest matters, predominantly arising out of deaths in the healthcare and prison settings but also including road traffic deaths, military related deaths and deaths at work. Richard has experience representing both bereaved families and professionals involved in the care of those who have died and has regularly represented clients at Article 2 inquests and inquests before juries. He has gained extensive experience of questioning clinicians and an understanding of a variety of medical techniques and conditions.
Richard is particularly aware of and sensitive to the emotional nature of the inquest process and is adept at assisting clients through the same.
Healthcare related inquests:
- Inquest into the death of a child who did not receive a diagnosis of Addison’s Disease leading to extensive media coverage;
- Article 2 jury inquest into the death of a patient who died in hospital after developing post-operative delirium;
- Jury inquest concerning injuries sustained by a patient dropped from a hoist;
- Inquest arising out of the failure to diagnose a bowel obstruction;
- Article 2 inquest into the death of a voluntary psychiatric patient who hanged herself on the psychiatric unit;
- Inquest into the death of a patient who died following neurosurgery;
- Inquest into the death of a patient who died following an overdose of chemotherapy;
- Representing a care home at an inquest into the death of a resident;
- Inquest into the death of a patient who died following a head injury that went undiagnosed in A and E;
- Jury inquest concerning a patient who was PEG fed who aspirated after the feed was provided inappropriately.
Prison related inquests:
- Regularly instructed on behalf of prison authorities arising out of deaths in custody
- Represented the family of a prisoner who hanged himself in his prison cell
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
“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
“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
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)