Clinical Negligence

Richard is instructed in cases of the highest value and complexity, his clinical negligence practice is split approximately 50/50 between claimants and defendants. He has a particular expertise in high value clinical negligence claims arising out of a sporting context, involving doctors and physiotherapists.

Selected Cases

  • PDR v Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2020): £37m settlement for catastrophic brain injury at birth.
  • KXM v Welsh Health Board (2020): complex, high value claim arising from catastrophic brain injury at birth.
  • Hewes v West Hertfordshire NHS Trust & Another [2020] EWCA Civ 1523: Court of Appeal case concerning alleged negligent delay in diagnosing and treating cauda equina syndrome.
  • XAS v Medway NHS Foundation Trust (2020): high value claim for child with severe cerebral palsy following catastrophic brain injury at birth in addition to earlier securing damages for psychiatric injury for the mother.
  • Birth Injury Settlement (2019): young boy deprived at oxygen at birth with right-sided physical difficulties and neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive problems.
  • YAH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 2964 : damages for psychiatric injury for mother of child with cerebral palsy.
  • Birth Injury Settlement (2018): led Suzanne Lambert in £18m compensation in clinical negligence claim.
  • Bayley v George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 3398 (QB) : successfully defended against a Montgomery claim.
  • W v J [2017]: advised that successful application be made to strike out mismanagement of concussion claim brought by former Premiership rugby union player against Club doctor.
  • S v K [2016]: secured substantial settlement for Serbian businessman who had not been given adequate post-operative care following robotically assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy performed privately in Harley Street.
  • T v X Rugby Club & Others [2016]: secured substantial settlement for rugby international in whom an arm fracture had been missed and who had played on with the fracture for 15 months.
  • Barrett v Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 2627 (QB): successfully defended blindness claim brought by young diabetic male. Montgomery issues.
  • Owers v (1) Medway NHS Foundation Trust (2) Secretary Of State For Health [2015] EWHC 2363 (QB): successfully defended stroke claim and secondary victim psychiatric injury claim.
  • Meiklejohn v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 120: acted for claimant in hugely complex aplastic anaemia case where true diagnosis came from sample taken for research purposes.
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