Richard is a Partner in the Serious Injury Department of our Manchester office. For nearly 20 years he has handled high value complex personal injury claims for those who have sustained brain, spinal and amputation injuries. He has dealt with claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and those with cross border jurisdiction issues, including in the US and Republic of Ireland.
Richard is frequently instructed in cases of the utmost complexity where liability is disputed and in situations where other lawyers have declined to act.
Richard was ranked as a Rising Star in the Legal 500 Directory in 2020, a Next Generation Partner in 2021, 2022 and 2023, and a Leading Individual in 2024. He is also Ranked in the 2024 Chambers and Partners guide marking him out as one of the best personal injury lawyers in his field. He was also shortlisted for the accolade of ‘Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year’ and for ‘Outstanding Case of the Year’ at the Personal Injury Awards 2023.
Richard is the firm’s lead contact with Ronald McDonald House, Alder Hey and is group Secretary of ACSIL, an amputee charity based in Merseyside. With a family member who has additional needs, Richard has a personal interest in disability related issues and sits on the firm’s Disability and Neurodiversity Committee.
Richard has written extensively about matters of interest in the personal injury sector in articles that have been published in a range of professional journals.
Richard has developed a reputation as a leading personal injury lawyer and frequently receives referrals from senior members of the legal profession and those involved in the rehabilitation of accident victims who have sustained catastrophic injuries.
Career and education history
- University of Liverpool LLB Law (1st): 2002
- Trained at a well-known firm in Liverpool
- Qualified in 2004
- Solicitor at Potter Rees Dolan: 2014
- Partner at Potter Rees Dolan: 2019
- Partner at Hugh James: 2023
- Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Solicitor-advocate (Higher Rights civil)
- Deputy District Judge (Northern Circuit)
- Group Secretary of ACSIL (Amputee charity based in Merseyside).
Recent settlements include:
- £5.5m for a below knee amputee in 2022
- £525,000 in a claim for 90 year old who sustained severe traumatic brain injury resulting in death within 2 years of the accident. Instructed by the victim’s son, a barrister. Settled in 2022.
- £1.85m in a contested subtle brain injury case in 2020
- £2.35m for an upper limb amputee in 2018
- £1m for a high achiever in a contested subtle brain injury case in 2019
- £525,000 in a contested corporate sports day accident resulting in spinal injury in 2020
Reported cases include:
- Ashton v City of Liverpool YMCA  EWHC 707 (KB) – Occupier’s liability claim. Fall from 4th floor window of a homeless hostel resulting in extensive polytrauma including brain and spinal injuries. 6 day High Court liability trial resulting in judgment for the Claimant for two thirds of her claim.
- Charnock v Rowan and others  EWCA Civ 2. Court of Appeal – admissibility of hearsay evidence in a trial arising from a bus crash involving multiple claimants.
- Barbara Hill v Master Concrete Northern Ltd  EWHC 3613 QB. – successful claim for a pedestrian who had been involved in a collision with a HGV resulting in below knee amputation.