Chris Richards

Call 2016

richards@exchangechambers.co.uk

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Practice Overview

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 has a thriving common law practice, with a focus on criminal law and personal injury.

He has acted for both the prosecution and defence in a variety of criminal matters including assault, burglary, fraud, and motoring offences. Chris frequently appears in the Crown Court for jury trials, sentencing hearings, confiscation hearings, and appeals against conviction and sentence. Chris has successfully acted in cases of the utmost seriousness (including the prosecution of two men for causing grievous bodily harm with intent).

He also has experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in a broad range of personal injury matters. Chris has a strong fast-track practice and a growing multi-track practice. Chris has a particular interest in cases involving employer’s liability and public liability, with several recent successes. Chris regularly acts in cases of significant value, often representing Claimants who have suffered lifelong injury and compromise at work.

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

January 2020: Chris successfully appealed the decision of a Deputy District Judge to allocate a professional negligence claim to the small-claims track. The appeal involved a direct challenge to the exercise of the discretion by the Judge at first instance. The appeal was heard by HHJ Wood QC in Liverpool.

October 2019: Chris successfully acted for a Claimant who had suffered a crush injury whilst working on a forklift. Chris proved that the Claimant’s employer had failed to provide him with appropriate training, and the Claimant was awarded over £14,000 in damages and costs.

September 2019: Chris acted for a Defendant who had accumulated twelve points on his driving licence and was due to be disqualified. Chris successfully argued that the Defendant would suffer exceptional hardship if he was banned from driving. The driving ban was suspended.

August 2019: Chris acted for a Claimant who had suffered a wrist injury after a fall in a convenience store. After a one-day trial in Stockport County Court, the Claimant was awarded almost £14,000 in damages and costs.

July 2019: Chris successfully appealed an award of compensation which had been awarded by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in respect of a very serious assault. The successful appellant was awarded over £23,000 in compensation.

March 2019: Chris successfully acted for a Claimant who had suffered a serious spinal injury in a road traffic accident. A District Judge agreed that the Defendant had been negligent, and awarded the Claimant over £17,000 in damages and costs.

January 2019: Chris secured the acquittal of a Defendant who had been charged with the breach of a restraining order. After a two-day trial in Preston Crown Court, the jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty.

October 2018: Chris successfully represented a Claimant who had suffered a repetitive strain injury whilst employed as a cabling engineer. After a one-day trial in Grimsby County Court, the Claimant was awarded over £6,000 in damages and a very substantial award of costs.

July 2018: Chris acted for a Defendant who had pleaded guilty to several breaches of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. After a lengthy plea in mitigation, including reference to a Court of Appeal authority, the custodial sentence was suspended.

June 2018: Chris successfully prosecuted two Carlisle men for causing grievous bodily harm with intent. After a four-day trial in Carlisle Crown Court, the two Defendants were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

May 2018: Chris acted for a Claimant who was accused of exaggerating her injuries after a road traffic accident in Bradford. Chris proved that the Claimant was telling the truth, and the Claimant was awarded around £9,500 in damages and costs as a result.

March 2018: Chris successfully appealed a conviction for drug-driving on the highly unusual grounds that the Defendant, who had pleaded guilty in the magistrates’ court, had not actually intended to plead guilty (an ‘equivocal plea’).

October 2017: Chris acted for a Claimant who sustained serious injuries after a fall in a Liverpool nightclub. A District Judge found that the Defendant had been negligent, and awarded the Claimant over £55,000 in damages and costs.