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Richard Lynagh QC

Call 1975 • QC 1996

“He epitomises the perfect QC – he’s always well prepared, clients adore him and he’s an excellent advocate.”
(Chambers & Partners 2019)

Sports Law

His expertise in personal injury, insurance and cases involving highly technical issues has resulted in his being instructed in a wide range of sports cases from F1 motor racing to “It’s a Knock-Out” type events (Participant diving head-first into a shallow pool rendered paraplegic – Uren v Corporate Leisure Ltd and MOD [2010] EWHC 46, [2011] EWCA Civ 66 and [2013] EWHC 353) and physical team-bonding activities (Participants negotiating a high wall on an assault course while roped together – serious back injury sustained by a female participant).

These cases have included insurance disputes relating to career-ending footballing injuries (Southampton Leisure Holdings PLC v Avon Insurance), and others have involved accidents arising from mountain biking (Sudden fracture of handlebar causing accident and brain damage to rider – Ide v ATB Sales [2007] EWHC 1667 and [2008] EWCA Civ 424), motorcycling (Sudden failure of swinging arm of motorcycle resulting in accident and serious injury to rider), swimming (Near-fatal drowning incident in pool – issues as to safety systems and supervision), diving (Serious neck injuries in cases involving Claimants diving into shallow reservoir and pond on common land respectively), leisure flying (Helicopter crash in poor weather in UK – Stevens v Allianz and Chaucer Syndicates), horse riding (Issue as to suitability of horse for inexperienced rider who was injured when horse bolted) and weight training (Injury while using gym machine. Issue as to safety of the equipment and quality of supervision).

Selected Cases

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Recommendations


“The consummate QC, there is no better”

Legal 500 2018

“Highly knowledgeable in his field. Very thorough. He provides a pragmatic analysis of the issues informed by his wealth of experience.”

Legal 500 2017

“He is held in high regard for his tactical skills and steely determination – you want him on your side.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He’s extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to and has a very good presence in court – all the things you would look for in a barrister.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

He manages expectations well, gives it to the client straight and is charming in court and in conference. He is confidence-inspiring and intellectually rock hard. Unflappable, easy to talk to and responsive”.

Chambers & Partners 2015

“Very well versed in insurance policy disputes.”

Legal 500 2015

“He has gravitas and a superbly sharp legal brain.”

Legal 500 2015

“Rated very highly across a range of professional negligence disputes.”

Legal 500 2015

Richard “has an astonishing grasp of detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“A very sophisticated operator [with] great client skills.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“Recommended for issues pertaining to product liability.”

Legal 500 2014

“A pre-eminent leader in the defendant personal injury market.”

Chambers & Partners 2013


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