Richard is a recognised specialist in all aspects of medical law. He has an impressive depth of experience, representing claimants and defendants in civil proceedings, and a wide range of medical practitioners in the regulatory context. He enjoys work in the Court of Protection and has published in the leading textbook on Medical Treatment and Ethics.
Medically qualified and constantly in demand, Richard is recognised for his technical prowess, legal finesse, common sense and strategic acumen. He prides himself on his ability to get on with everyone.
The current edition of Chambers & Partners comments that “he has a very technical and perceptive mind and gets to grips with complex medical matters very quickly. He was himself a doctor, which gives him an edge in understanding the medical side of things, while his tactical decision-making is always highly impressive”.
Examples of his particular contribution to a case are his work on the Nixon case, where the civil claim followed an inquest in which, when cross-examining the treating doctors, Richard obtained full admissions on liability. Similarly, in McCabe, Richard’s cross-examination of six experts over a five day trial on difficult considerations relating to delay in the diagnosis of a endocarditis leading to a stroke secured judgment for his client and the recovery of high-value damages and costs.