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Richard Grimshaw

Richard GrimshawClinical Negligence - Year of Call: 2010

Richard practices in the field of clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. He undertakes a broad spectrum of clinical negligence work acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Richard has experience of final, interlocutory and approval hearings in clinical negligence matters, as well as healthcare related inquests. He also regularly attends conferences with experts. Furthermore, Richard has considerable experience of drafting pleadings and providing written advices on liability, evidence and quantum. He is often instructed in matters that would otherwise be sent to more senior counsel.

Richard is happy to undertake work on a conditional fee agreement basis where appropriate.

He has also given a number of talks and seminars about various aspects of civil procedure, clinical negligence, personal injury and inquest work.

Richard joined No5 Chambers in 2010 as a pupil to Jonathan Jones QC and became a tenant in 2011. During pupillage, he observed a wide range of clinical negligence work.

Richard has experience of a variety of clinical negligence cases, including the following areas:

  • General practice
  • Failed surgery - including orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology and plastic surgery.
  • Psychiatric care
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oncology
  • Nursing and midwifery care
  • Cases involving pressure sores and ulcers
  • Failures in the Emergency Department
  • Claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934
  • Inquests arising out of hospital/care setting deaths (including Article 2 inquests)


Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (from 2015)


Atkinson v South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWHC
1590 (QB); [2014] All ER (D) 199 (May)
Re G [2015] – Clinical negligence case involving negligently performed colorectal surgery – settled for a six figure sum
Re R [2015] – Clinical negligence case concerning the failure to diagnose temporal arteritis
Re W [2015] – Clinical negligence case concerning the development of pressure damage in multiple care settings
RE J [2014] – Representing the family both at the Article 2 inquest and subsequent clinical negligence proceedings arising out of a hanging in a psychiatric unit
Re O [2014] – Clinical negligence case involving neglectful care of a patient in a nursing home
Re C [2014] – Inquest into the death of a patient who died following neurosurgery
Re R [2013] – Professional negligence action concerning the undervaluation of an ankle injury
Re B [2013] – Inquest into the death of a patient who died following a head injury that was undiagnosed in A&E
Re S [2013] – Clinical negligence case involving foot surgery


BA (Hons) Law with Business Studies,
University of Warwick (First Class Honours)
Bar Vocational Course,
College of Law (Outstanding, ranked overall 1st in year)


Inner Temple Prize for ‘Outstanding’ Bar Vocational Course Result (2010)
College of Law Prize for Top Overall Bar Vocational Course Result (2009/10)
College of Law Prize for Top Advocacy Assessment Results (2009/10)
Inner Temple Exhibition Award (2009)


Midland Circuit Inner Temple (Exhibitioner, 2009) PIBA AvMA