Richard was called to the bar in 2000 and since then has acted almost exclusively for injured and bereaved individuals. Over the course of his career he has appeared in numerous important and ground-breaking cases that protect the rights of the individual and seek to ring-fence the important principle of 100% compensation (Manna v. Central Manchester Teaching Hospitals, JR v. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Thomas v. Curley, Joyce v. O’Brien). He is head of the personal injury and clinical negligence team at 7BR. He has provided training on behalf of APIL and other similar organisations.
The work that we do as personal injury lawyers in ensuring fairness to injured and bereaved people and access to justice is under threat. Richard believes that barristers and solicitors will both have a role to play not only in defending those rights but also in correcting historical injustices. He strongly believes that reform is needed to protect the bereaved and to ensure that they have funding to receive representation at inquests and to ensure that they are not subject to arbitrary and unfair restrictions on their claims for psychiatric injury.
Richard joined APIL because it serves a vital function in providing a voice to injured and bereaved people and support and education to those who stand up for them. He will utilise his experience and passion to help protect those core values.