Chris Richards

Call 2016

richards@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Personal Injury

Chris was called to the Bar in 2016. He became a tenant of Exchange Chambers in September 2017 following the successful completion of his common law pupillage with Chambers.

Chris is a specialist personal injury practitioner.

Chris has a strong fast-track practice and a growing multi-track practice. Chris accepts instructions across all areas of personal injury work, including road traffic accident claims, occupier’s liability claims, and public liability claims. Chris regularly acts in cases of significant value, often representing Claimants who have suffered lifelong injury and compromise at work. Chris has appeared in the County Court and High Court and has extensive appellate experience.

Recent multi-track instructions include the following:

  • A claim involving a serious fracture injury to an ankle, with the schedule of loss pleaded at over £250,000;
  • A claim involving a significant injury to the knee, with the schedule of loss pleaded at over £115,000;
  • A claim involving an acceleration injury to the lower back, with the schedule of loss pleaded at over £80,000.

Chris frequently assists with defending claims brought against insurers and local authorities. For more information about Chris’s Defendant practice, please see the ‘Personal Injury: Defence’.

Chris has a particular interest in cases where the causation of injury has been denied. Chris has frequently acted for Claimants who have been wrongly accused of exaggerating or fabricating their injuries. Chris has an excellent understanding of the case law concerning dishonesty and is always ready to mount a robust defence.

Before specialising in personal injury, Chris spent several years practising in criminal law. Chris was frequently instructed in cases of the utmost seriousness (including the successful prosecution of two men for causing grievous bodily harm with intent).

Chris is incredibly client-focused and approachable and understands the importance of a strong relationship with his clients and instructing solicitors. He prides himself on quick turnaround of papers, and is happy to provide advice on an informal basis.

Recent cases

August 2021: Chris successfully represented a national chain of cinemas who had been sued after a fall in a cinema in Cardiff. Chris persuaded the Judge that the company had done all that they reasonably could to keep the Claimant safe. The Judge agreed that the Defendant was not liable and the claim was dismissed.

July 2021: Chris acted for a highways authority who were defending a fast-track Highways Act claim brought by a litigant-in-person. The claim involved difficult issues of fact and law (in particular, whether a Claimant needs a Part 35-compliant medical report to prove the nature and extent of an injury). The Judge agreed that the claim should be dismissed in full.

June 2021: Chris successfully represented a Claimant who had been injured in an accident on a mini-roundabout. Chris proved that the Defendant driver was wholly to blame and the Judge allowed the claim in full. The Claimant beat a Part 36 offer and was awarded almost £14,000 in damages and costs.

May 2021: Chris successfully represented a Claimant who had been injured in an accident in a warehouse. Chris proved not only that the Claimant’s employer had caused the accident, but also that they had lied about the accident circumstances. Chris persuaded the Judge that the conduct of the Defendant was such that the Claimant should recover a significant award of indemnity costs.

April 2021: Chris successfully represented a prison officer who had been injured an an accident whilst using exercise equipment provided to him by his employer. The claim largely turned on a point of law (that is, whether the Defendant had the burden of showing that the accident could have avoided if more regular checks were made). The Claimant was successful and awarded more than £14,000 in damages and costs.

March 2021: Chris represented a Claimant who had been stuck with a needle whilst working in a care home. The Defendant had argued that a needle-stick injury was so insignificant that no damages should be paid. Chris successfully persuaded the Judge that the Defendant was wrong, and a needle-stick injury was something which was sufficiently injurious to result in liability in tort.