Richard Norton – Head of Clinical Negligence
Phone: 0161 214 1500
Year of call: 1992Book BarristerDownload Details
“Handles a huge range of clinical negligence cases including wrongful birth, delay in diagnosis and surgical negligence claims. He is most often instructed to represent claimants.”
Strengths: “His advice is clear and precise, as are his pleadings. Richard is very good at managing client expectations whilst being supportive and getting the most out of a case.” “He gives good clear advice, is user-friendly and he gets back to you about stuff.”
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a ‘wrongful birth’ case in which there was a failure to diagnose fetal abnormality, securing £1.2 million. Chambers & Partners 2018
“His personal injury practice focuses on severe injury claims arising from RTAs. He principally acts for claimants, with a focus on advisory work.”
Strengths: “Technically able and excellent with clients. A very impressive character.” “He has an excellent feel for a case. He is incisive and thinks tactically. Consistently outstanding.”
Recent work: “Acted for two families following the deaths of two children and catastrophic injury to the father in an RTA caused by a drunk driver.” Chambers & Partners 2018
“A charismatic barrister, who puts clients at ease in sensitive cases.” Legal 500 2017
Richard is an expert in clinical negligence and complex personal injury. His day-to-day practice usually involves conferences with or cross-examination of experts. Initially he chooses to meet the client at the earliest possible point (at home if necessary) to establish good rapport, and then to advise on the appropriate experts to call, as well as assisting in advising on the evidence that is obtained. He remains regularly involved throughout the case, drafting paperwork including schedules and counter-schedules, appearing at CCMCs, advising on disclosure, witness statements and drafting agendas for joint meetings. Most cases conclude successfully at JSMs, but some proceed to trial. In addition, Richard lectures regularly to solicitors on diverse subjects such as interim payments, industrial diseases, and procedural points. He acts as a point of contact in the recommendation of appropriate experts on a daily basis.
- Northern Circuit Medical Law Association
Legal Directory Recommendations
“Handles a huge range of clinical negligence cases including wrongful birth, delay in diagnosis and surgical negligence claims. Interviewees note his suitability for cases that require a strict approach to the management of client expectations“.
Strengths: “He identifies all the issues to the extent that the client fully appreciates what the main points are in their case and the difficulties we may encounter” “He’s very down-to-earth with the client and has a sensible and practical approach“. – Chambers & Partners 2017
“Recommended for claimant personal injury and clinical negligence matters” – Legal 500 2016
“Noted for his adept grasp of medical knowledge in matters including fatal claims, misdiagnosis and surgical negligence. He is also appreciated for his exceptional client care in sensitive issues.”
Strengths: “He has a good grasp on the medicine in complex cases and is able to put the experts through their paces.” – Chambers & Partners 2016
“Approachable and accessible.” – Legal 500 2015
“Has a mixed practice covering clinical negligence, personal injury and industrial disease. He is noted for his adroit handling of complex and high-value clinical negligence cases.”
“He is a pragmatic and personable advocate, not frightened to pursue novel points at the same time as understanding the cost issues that surround doing so.” – Chambers & Partners 2015
“Excellent on paper and in Court. Balanced, incisive and intelligent” – Chambers UK 2014, Clinical Negligence
In the Legal 500 every year since 2007 – “Strong in evaluating complex expert evidence”.
Richard receives instructions in cases of birth damage, delayed diagnosis, surgical negligence, and GP negligence.
H-v-MB NHS Trust : Wrongful birth.
T-v-PAH NHS Trust : Delayed diagnosis of CDH.
E (Deceased)-v-E H & R NHS Trust: Vascular surgical negligence.
O-v-H : Failure to diagnose psychosis leading to suicide.
O-v-ABM LHB : Negligent withdrawal of Aspirin leading to MI.
M-v-ABM : Double amputation as a result of delayed diagnosis of blocked fem-fem bypass graft.Book BarristerBack to top
Cases are multitrack, high value with heavy expert involvement, often with brain and spinal injuries as well as serious orthopaedic and vascular cases.
H-v-R : £1.75m provisional damages.
P-v-M : £1.3m.
C-v-MIB : £5m.
Murphy-v-D : PPO
Wright-v-MIB : PPO
Ibrahim-v-MIB : PPOBook BarristerBack to top
Richard undertakes mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, VWF/CTS and NIHL cases as well as cases of occupational stress.
T-v-BRB : Date of knowledge pre-1963 and causation
Thompson-v-Renwick  EWCA Civ. 635: Liability of a parent company for the acts and/or omissions of a subsidiary.
S-v-NYT : CTS and vibration exposureBook BarristerBack to top
Richard is a highly experienced personal injury barrister. The majority of his cases are high value, catastrophic injury cases or cases with a complicating feature.
His day-to-day practice usually involves conferences with or cross-examination of experts. Initially he chooses to meet the client at the earliest possible point (at home if necessary) to establish good rapport, and then to advise on the appropriate experts to call, as well as assisting in advising on the evidence that is obtained. He remains regularly involved throughout the case, drafting paperwork including schedules and counter-schedules, appearing at CCMCs, advising on disclosure, witness statements and drafting agendas for joint meetings. Most cases conclude successfully at JSMs, but some proceed to trial.Book BarristerBack to top
ADR and Mediation
Richard is a CEDR-accredited mediator.Book BarristerBack to top