Richard was born in Sheffield in 1968. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1990, having read economics.
He then studied for the Common Professional Examination at Nottingham Law School.
After Bar School, pupillage and his early years of tenancy in London, he moved to Nottingham in 1998, and he has practiced from Ropewalk Chambers since that time
Richard has a very busy personal injury practice, including claims involving catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents.
He appears and advises in the entire range of personal injury claims, particularly those involving road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, public liability, highways and product liability matters.
He regularly represents both Claimants and Defendants at joint settlement meetings. He is involved in litigation from the provision of preliminary advice, through to conclusion at trial or joint settlement meeting.
In the event that Claimants are not union-backed or insurance-funded, he regards it as necessary duty of counsel to share the risks of litigation with solicitors and will enthusiastically accept instructions on a CFA basis.
He is also frequently instructed to represent the interests of parties at inquests. He also undertakes CICA appeal work.
He has experience of advising and appearing on detailed assessments of costs and in addressing the issues of entitlement to certain costs.
Richard regularly advises Claimants and Defendants in high value catastrophic injury claims, including those arising from brain and spinal injuries, and limb amputations. He is commonly involved from an early stage, and is able to assist in shaping the claim or defence, and the generation of medical evidence and evidence in relation to special damage. He usually maintains his involvement in these cases until trial or settlement, most often at mediation and joint settlement meetings.
Richard has experience of all aspects of disease litigation, from limitation to breach of duty, causation and quantum.
He has particular experience in claims involving noise-induced hearing loss, hand-arm vibration syndrome, dermatitis, respiratory complaints, asbestos-related conditions and work-related upper limb disorders.
The majority of Claimants who are not union-funded need to rely upon representation by conditional fee agreement and he is more than willing to share the risk in this regard.
Richard advises both Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of clinical negligence and the complicating issues as to causation and quantum which often occur.
As with his personal injury work, he recognises the need of many Claimants to seek representation through CFA funding and the imperative of sharing risk with solicitors in doing so.
Richard regularly appears for insurers in claims involving suspected fraud.
He has a wealth of experience in claims involving phantom passengers, switched drivers, fictitious accidents, staged accidents, exaggerated injuries, exaggerated special damages, low velocity impact claims and disproportionate hire and storage claims.
Richard is experienced at all levels of defending prosecutions brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Recent cases include accidents at construction site, those involving work equipment and protective equipment and falls from height.
- Health & Safety Lawyers Association
- Personal Injuries Bar Association
- Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society
- LLB, Downing College, Cambridge
"He is thorough and pragmatic in his advice. He's also a strong advocate who is able to turn the papers around promptly."
Chambers & Partners 2020 - Personal injury
"Goes the extra mile for his clients."
Legal 500 2020 - Personal injury
"He's excellent, incredibly detailed and goes through all the information with a very fine-tooth comb." "I've never known a barrister like him for identifying the issues and for sheer turnaround time. He's very industrious and very pragmatic when dealing with clients."
Chambers & Partners 2019 - Personal injury
"A very efficacious advocate."
Legal 500 2019 - Personal injury and clinical negligence
"Richard Gregory pays considerable attention to detail and is always prompt to respond." "An excellent advocate with a considerable courtroom presence and a wealth of experience in dealing with claims. He is very thorough and tackles the core issues head on."
Chambers & Partners 2017 - Personal injury
"Particularly skilled in employers' liability and occupiers' liability claims. Also has experience in disease matters. Solicitors cite the strength of his client skills." "Extremely thorough and very experienced. Very good with clients and very methodical." "Approachable and helpful. Great with clients and very good on his feet."
Chambers & Partners 2016 - Personal injury
"He has an excellent legal mind, and is a good choice for fighting difficult cases. He has a refreshingly commercial approach."
Chambers & Partners 2015 - Personal injury
"He understands personal injury matters from the law firm's perspective, and is prepared to roll his sleeves up and get stuck into difficult work. He flourishes in situations in which not many juniors would."
Chambers & Partners 2014 - Personal injury