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Richard Whitehall

Call 1998 - Lincoln's Inn

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Richard predominantly specialises in personal injury cases, and practises almost exclusively in the Multi-Track. He has a 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.

He has considerable experience in all areas of PI work, including RTA claims, employers’ liability, public liability product liability, occupational disease, the liability of landlords and Animals Act claims. He is experienced in all quantum issues, including fatal accident claims, and has a wide experience of procedural issues, including those related to periodical payment orders, provisional damages awards etc.

Richard regularly appears in cases of high value, and has acted in many cases pleaded in excess of £1 million. He has been led by leading counsel numerous times and frequently receives instructions in catastrophic injury claims, acting for both Claimants and Defendants. He is experienced in joint settlement meetings and mediations.

Richard has a very good understanding of 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 a great deal of experience in chronic pain cases, and is very familiar with the medical issues relating to pain conditions, including CRPS, fibromyalgia and somatoform disorder.

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.
Richard is also experienced in clinical negligence work, both for Claimants and Defendants, and in cases involving the negligence of solicitors (especially arising from personal injury claims).

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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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