Richard Gregory is an established personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner, with particular experience in claims involving catastrophic injuries.
Richard has been recommended for his work in the field of personal injury in both Chambers & Partners UK and the Legal 500 for a number of years.
Most recently he has been described in those directories as being “very bright and thorough in all written advice, excellent in relation to quantum issues and calm under pressure” (Chambers UK: 2018) and “Excellent on quantum issues and more obscure points of law” (Legal 500: 2017).
Please click on the individual Personal Injury CV or Clinical Negligence CV for further information.
In addition to the most recent entries in the legal directories referred to above, Richard has been described in earlier editions as:
Being ‘recognised for his abilities in catastrophic injury’ litigation and having ‘fantastic attention to detail’. It was also commented that he is ‘well prepared, confident and capable’ and ‘you can always rely on his technical expertise’ (Chambers UK: 2017)
‘He is charming and makes clients feel at ease’ (Legal 500: 2016)
‘He is always available and turns papers around so quickly. He is a very sharp barrister’ (Chambers UK: 2016)
‘Highly regarded by Solicitors’ (Legal 500: 2015)
‘A very proficient high-value accident practitioner who shows great dexterity when handling difficult spinal damage and fatality claims’ and ‘He’s an almost perfect junior, who is very good on paper, extremely thorough and highly conscientious. He is carving out a niche in MIB and difficult RTA claims’ (Chambers UK: 2015)
‘Excellent attention to detail’ (Legal 500: 2014)
‘He’s very smart and very personable, and he doesn’t leave any stone unturned’ and ‘He’s a trusted and valued professional, who can be relied upon to bring success’ (Chambers UK: 2014)
‘Makes his debut in this year’s rankings in recognition of the praise bestowed on him by commentators, who particularly admired his ‘extremely thorough and detailed written advice’ (Chambers UK: 2013)
Richard has extensive experience of acting for Claimants and Defendants in the full range of personal injury claims including road traffic accidents (including those which give rise to issues under the MIB uninsured drivers’ agreements), employers’ liability claims, public liability claims and fatal accidents.
Richard accepts instructions on behalf of Claimants and Defendants, but his case load predominantly comprises claims brought on behalf of Claimants who have sustained serious life changing injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries at various levels, brachial plexus injuries and lower limb amputations. In addition, he is also instructed as Junior Counsel on numerous multi-million pound claims where the Claimant’s injuries have been of the utmost severity, some of which are listed for trials in the High Court in London in 2018.
Richard has built up a large amount of experience in the type of issues which are frequently encountered in catastrophic injury claims such as life expectancy issues, capacity issues, disputes about the appropriate placement and / or care regime, the use of specialist prosthetics or other equipment in order to try and maximise a Claimant’s independence, claims for hydrotherapy pools at home, issues in connection with the discount rate (including the impact of the current negative discount rate on accommodation claims), the use of periodical payment orders (including the use of reverse indemnities) and provisional damages.
Richard has successfully obtained large interim payments in accordance with the guidelines in Eeles v Cobham. He regularly conducts conferences with liability and medical experts, drafts Schedules of Loss, attends joint settlement meetings and has experience of claims where damages have been recovered which are equivalent to more than £12m on a lump sum basis.
A sample of Richard’s concluded and ongoing personal injury cases are set out below:
Richard undertakes work in the field of clinical negligence. This is an increasingly active part of his practice and dovetails neatly with his personal injury practice. He regularly accepts instructions in relation to a wide range of clinical negligence claims, including those relating to accident and emergency medicine, orthopaedic surgery, general and colorectal surgery, oncology, general practice, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology.
Richard also has experience of attending inquests arising out of deaths which have occurred in a care home or hospital setting.
A sample of Richard’s concluded and ongoing clinical negligence cases are set out below: