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Richard M Paige

Year of call:
1997
Education:
1995
University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Physiological Sciences (2:1)
1996
City University, London, Diploma in Law
1997
Inns of Court School of Law, BVC (‘very competent’)
1998
Kings College, London, MA Medical Law & Ethics (Merit)
Career:
1998
Pupil at 3 Raymond Buildings, London
1999
Tenant at New Bailey Chambers, Preston
2001
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers
2015
Tenant at Park Square Barristers
Memberships:
North Eastern Circuit Personal Injury Bar Association Association of Personal Injury Lawyers AvMA Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2019)

“Very experienced in clinical negligence matters and civil fraud.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

Richard Paige’s background is in all areas of civil law, but he now specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury and civil insurance fraud.

Richard is a contributor to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service (RTA, Highways, Animals, Fatal Injuries)

During his MA course, Richard became familiar with many of the issues arising in medical law and has been instructed in cases against NHS trust hospitals, health authorities, prison hospitals and doctors, dentists and nurses in private practice. He has particular interest in issues relating to consent to treatment.

Richard regularly advises from the very inception of a claim through to trial and has experience drafting all statements of case and comprehensive schedules and counter-schedules of loss. As well as drafting, advisory and court work he frequently attends joint settlement meetings and mediations. He conducts conferences with experts to test the strength of their evidence.

He has dealt with a variety of claims including delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis, failure to obtain informed consent, negligently performed surgery and negligently conducted joint replacements.

“Recommended for multi-track personal injury cases” – The Legal 500 (2017)

Public Law

Richard acts on behalf of Claimants in claims against local authorities arising from Court of Protection work often involving children and their families, such as unlawful deprivation of liberty and claims under the Human Rights Act.

Inquests

Using his experience and expertise in medical law, Richard has represented the interests of many families at inquests where their loved ones have died whilst in the care of health professionals and at hospital.

Richard has also regularly been instructed to attend inquests by quasi-government organisations and companies with government contracts where the deceased has died whilst in custody.

Tying in with his practice in personal injury, Richard has been instructed on behalf of both families and insurance companies at inquests arising from fatal road traffic accidents.

Contact Richard’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2019)

“Very experienced in clinical negligence matters and civil fraud.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

Richard Paige’s background is in all areas of civil law, but he now specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury and civil insurance fraud.

Richard is a contributor to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service (RTA, Highways, Animals, Fatal Injuries).

As well as clinical negligence and civil fraud, Richard also accepts instructions in ‘standard’ personal injury claims on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants.

He undertakes Fast Track and multi-track personal-injury cases involving accidents at work, highway accidents, road traffic accidents, civil-abuse claims and industrial-disease cases (including asbestos related diseases, HAVS and NIHL). He is experienced in advising at all stages of proceedings on liability, causation, evidence and quantum, as well as drafting statements of case. He has significant experience on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in cases involving chronic pain, CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), fibromyalgia, other pain disorders and somatoform disorder where exaggeration and/or fraud are alleged.

An online calculator developed by Richard to ease calculations of inflation for personal injury awards was adopted by Lawtel and now features on their website.

Professional Negligence

Richard accepts instructions in all areas of professional negligence but primarily in relation to the negligent handling of personal injury and clinical negligence claims by solicitors and expert witnesses.

Richard is a contributor to Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service.

Richard is a Committee member of the Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society

Public Access

Richard may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Richard’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence – The Legal 500 (2019)

“Very experienced in clinical negligence matters involving allegations of fraud.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

Richard practises in civil insurance fraud. He was a founding member of the civil fraud team at Sovereign Chambers before the merger which formed Park Square Barristers. Richard is instructed by most of the country’s leading firms specialising in civil insurance fraud and many of the UK’s insurance companies.

Richard has extensive experience in all areas of civil fraud including employer’s liability and public liability, but mainly in relation to road traffic accidents. He has been instructed on numerous occasions in cases involving fabricated, staged and induced (‘slam-on’) accidents, bogus passengers and phantom witnesses, low-velocity impacts (LVIs), and exaggerated personal injury and damage claims.

He has expertise in dealing with individual frauds, group and family frauds, and wider criminally organised fraud rings.

“Recommended for multi-track personal injury cases” – The Legal 500 (2017)

Richard is head of the holiday sickness claims team and has been at the forefront of defending such claims. He has provided training to firms and holiday companies to assist in identifying fraudulent claims and strategies to improve success rates. He regularly advises and represents many of the larger holiday companies.

Richard is able to advise at the pre-proceedings stage and to conduct conferences with clients and witnesses to test the strength of their evidence in cases where credibility is crucial. He uses his extensive forensic skills when preparing and drafting the detailed defences essential in civil fraud cases, as well as appropriate part 18 requests and applications for specific disclosure. He deals with all interlocutory applications which might arise in civil fraud cases, and has defended many cases at trial both on the Fast Track and multi-track.

Following the introduction of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS), Richard has advised and represented clients in many cases where a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty has been sought.

Richard is a contributor to Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service.

Notable Cases

  • Bain v Zurich (Lawtel) – one of the earlier cases which resulted in a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty. Having found that the Claimant was not injured in the accident as alleged the trial judge declined to make a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty. Richard advised the Defendant insurer to appeal, which was successful.
  • Evans v Aviva (Lawtel) – Richard secured a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty following the Claimant’s failure to prove his claim in a low velocity impact case.
  • Cross v Black Bull – Following the issuing of a claim on the cusp of limitation with an artificially reduced statement of value and court fee, Richard advised the Defendant to apply to strike out the claim as an abuse of process. The application was successful.
  • Ennis v Tuson – Issues relating to the nature of “admissions” made within a counter-schedule of loss and the extent to which a Defendant was bound by them.
  • Paul v Connell – Case in which the Claimant had no recollection of the accident and relied upon expert reconstruction evidence, which contradicted the lay evidence of a number of witnesses. Richard advised the Defendant to apply for summary judgment, resulting in the Claimant discontinuing her claim.

Lecturing in civil fraud

Richard also lectures and presents seminars on all areas of law relating to civil insurance fraud.

Public Access

Richard may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Richard’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

 

Richard Paige completed degrees in physiological sciences and medical law before undertaking a pupillage specialising in intellectual property and information technology law at 3 Raymond Buildings (now Hogarth Chambers) in London. 

Since moving to Leeds in 2001, Richard’s practice has expanded to include general contractual and commercial disputes with a wide range of issues and values, boundary and neighbour disputes, breach of building contracts, debt actions, negligent advice and misstatements and interpleader actions. He has significant experience in cases involving allegations of negligent or malicious employment and university references.

Richard accepts instructions in all areas of professional negligence, including solicitor, accountant and surveyor negligence.

Public Access

Richard may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Richard’s clerks

Francine Kirk on 0113 202 8605

Talia Webster on 0113 213 5207

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Ranked in Tier 1 for Personal Injury and clinical negligence The Legal 500 (2019)

“Very experienced in clinical negligence matters and civil fraud.” – The Legal 500 (2019)

Inquests

Using his experience and expertise in medical law, Richard has represented the interests of many families at inquests where their loved ones have died whilst in the care of health professionals and at hospital.

Richard has also regularly been instructed to attend inquests by quasi-government organisations and companies with government contracts where the deceased has died whilst in custody.

Tying in with his practice in personal injury, Richard has been instructed on behalf of both families and insurance companies at inquests arising from fatal road traffic accidents.

Richard is experienced in attending Article 2 inquests on behalf of families and state institutions

Disciplinary work

Richard Paige graduated from Oxford University in Physiological Sciences before completing a master’s in Medical Law and Ethics. He represents all healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists) at disciplinary tribunals where their conduct is scrutinised and their right to continue practice is at issue.

Public Law

Richard acts on behalf of Claimants in claims against local authorities arising from Court of Protection work often involving children and their families, such as unlawful deprivation of liberty and claims under the Human Rights Act.

Sports law

Richard obtained his Blue in athletics whilst at Oxford University and had a successful career competing for one of the leading athletics club in the country before hanging up his spikes. He continues to have a keen interest in athletics and many other sports including rugby, cricket, rowing, squash and croquet.

Originally a member of Sovereign Chambers, following the merger to form Park Square Barristers Richard has joined the sports law team which was already established at No6. He now undertakes cases in all areas of sports law.

Public Access

Richard may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Richard’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

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