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 medical cases, for both claimants and defendants, including:
- Clinical negligence case for claimant concerning a patient who became hypoxic, leading to serious brain injury (with leading counsel);
- Clinical negligence case for defendant concerning a claimant with an intracerebral abscess
- Failures in the Emergency Department;
- GP negligence, including failure to diagnose and/or refer, including multiple cases pleaded in excess of 500k;
- Missed fractures and other orthopaedic injuries;
- Failure to diagnose and treat diabetes;
- Failing to treat sepsis;
- Failing to diagnose bowel obstruction;
- Delay in diagnosis of/referral for cancer;
- Failing to treat gallstones;
- Pressure sore cases;
- Psychiatric care – including a case involving a patient who hanged themselves on a psychiatric unit;
- Nursing negligence;
- Nursing home care failures;
- Dental care;
- Optical care in hospital and by optometrists;
- Representing defendant in a case concerning the treatment of psychological injuries that developed after military service;
- Cases involving care provided by the military, including cases pleaded in excess of 800k.
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 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)
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)