Richard is the head of the National Litigation Unit, based at Thompsons Solicitors' Stoke-on-Trent office, with a successful record in handling the fast track litigation of claims for personal injury over the whole of England and Wales.
As a partner at Thompsons Solicitors, Richard is responsible for his team delivering best practice and the best possible outcomes for serious and personal injury claimants. In overseeing the management of case handling, Richard is determined to maintain and improve Thompsons' reputation, and demands the highest standards of professionalism from his team.
Richard has 20 years' experience in pursuing claims for personal injury, fatal accidents (including at work), serious assault and industrial disease. With a reputation as a litigator who is relentless in fighting for the maximum compensation for his clients, many of Richard's cases have been high value industrial disease claims. These include claims for respiratory conditions, such as occupational asthma, silicosis and dermatitis, or have been multi-claimant actions.
A lecturer for the Chartered Legal Executive courses (CILEX), Richard is an experienced trainer, examiner and visiting lecturer for the Legal Practice Course at a university in the Midlands.
Richard values working with superb lawyers at Thompsons, who strive to improve and exceed the expectations of their clients. This, says Richard, is a product of the commitment and values shared by all of Thompsons' legal teams.
In his spare time Richard likes to relax with family, as well as running, cooking and discovering new cuisines and restaurants. He follows Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
RICHARD'S CASE EXPERIENCE
Workplace assault claim: Marc Laycock, a workplace assault client, was left with a fractured cheekbone, soft tissue injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after an inmate violently assaulted him when he was working alone. His injuries and PTSD meant he could no longer work as a prison officer.
The Ministry of Justice continued to deny liability but, just before the trial, Richard secured a settlement. He had argued successfully that the prison was in breach of its safe system of work.
Industrial disease claim: Mr A, a Thompsons' personal injury client who worked for a company making toilets and basins, was exposed at work to the silica sand used in the manufacture of ceramics. Following his retirement, he started to suffer from breathing problems, weight loss and fatigue, and was diagnosed with silicosis.
Richard obtained medical evidence to show this had been caused by his work. Despite the employers' defence that he had been sufficiently protected, Richard obtained evidence from an occupational hygienist to support his client's claims, and achieved a settlement shortly before the case was due to be heard in court.
Richard is a senior litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Thompsons Solicitors personal injury client, Christine Ivison, said:
"This is a big thank you from me and my girls for all that you have done for us. For helping us through the last year which has been so difficult for us and being kind and always there at the end of the phone to talk to.
"Thank you for everything."