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Richard Whitehall

Call 1998 - Lincoln's Inn

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Richard specialises in personal injury cases, and practises exclusively in the Multi-Track. He has a very busy practice, representing Claimants and Defendants. He has been instructed for many years on behalf of all of the major insurance companies and many local authorities.

Richard spends most of his time handling catastrophic injury claims (brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation claims), claims involving pain disorders and fatal accident claims.  The majority of his cases are now pleaded in excess of £1 million, and almost all of them exceed £250,000 in value.

Richard is very experienced in joint settlement meetings and mediations.  He has considerable experience in the medical issues arising from high-value personal injury claims, and tests medical evidence in conference and at trial on a regular basis. He is also experienced in high value cases thought to be dishonest, and many of his cases involve video surveillance evidence.  He has been led by leading counsel numerous times.

Richard also has considerable experience in advising insurers as to issues relating to motor insurance, and has advised many times on coverage and policy issues, liability under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Motor Insurers’ Bureau liability.

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  • Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • University of Cardiff, LLB, Law and French
  • Certificat d’Etudes Universitaires Generales, Rennes
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • University of Cardiff, LLM Commercial Law


  • Northern Circuit
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit Representative for the Personal Injury Bar Association – 2009 to 2013
  • Co-opted member of the executive committee of PIBA – 2013 to date


“An experienced junior who handles all areas of personal injury, primarily focusing on multi-track cases of significant value. He regularly acts in catastrophic injury, RTA and industrial disease claims, and is also very well versed in issues of employers’ and public liability. “One of the finest barristers I’ve had the pleasure to be against. His cross-examination was flawless and devastating, absolutely lethal.” “He handles difficult cases very well: he’s very good in court and always well prepared.”

Chambers UK, 2017

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