excellent client care skills, is an able negotiator and is good with figures
Chambers UK

Richard Cartwright
Year of Call 1994

Richard Cartwright was called to the Bar in 1994. He previously worked as a chartered accountant for KPMG specialising in media and technology. His skill set features a facility with accounting information which instructing solicitors have found useful.

He specialises in high value personal injury claims, particularly those with complex loss of earnings calculations. He has considerable experience in birth trauma litigation, including cerebral palsy of varying aetiology and Erb’s Palsy.

His caseload regularly features £2million plus claims. A recent settlement in which he was involved exceeded £10 million. He regularly appears against Leading Counsel.

At Devereux Chambers he works exclusively for Claimants.

  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    "A skilled negotiator who never gives up" and "his grasp of the technical issues in a case is invariably excellent" Legal 500 2014

    Richard Cartwright is a junior who handles a good deal of high-value cases covering conditions such as cerebral palsy, jaundice and Erb’s palsy. His experience as a chartered accountant assists him in tackling the complex financial calculations involved in quantum claims.

    Expertise: “He is meticulous with his figures and his attention to detail is very good. He is also innovative in the way he thinks about cases, and doesn’t like to let things go as he simply wants the best for the client.”

    Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered from high-severity cerebral palsy, following the alleged mismanagement of the claimant’s mother’s admission to hospital immediately prior to term.

    Chambers UK 2014

    The "solid and reliable" Richard Cartwright is equally comfortable on liability and quantum. He handles clients "with great sensitivity," and is excellent in negotiation and "fantastic with figures," according to those that instruct him. Chambers UK 2013

    Richard Cartwright has "excellent client care skills, is an able negotiator and is good with figures." He uses these skills to good effect on the full spectrum of clinical negligence work. It is, however, his work on quantum that particularly impresses. Cartwright is a firm favourite with the market as "he makes difficult claims as pleasurable as they can be."  Chambers UK 2012

    Standout juniors include Richard Cartwright, described as ‘brilliant counsel to work with’ and ‘a real team player who adds value with and without silk’. Legal 500 2011

    Former accountant Richard Cartwright has the reputation of being "really good on complex quantum issues," and he is often instructed on very complex claims in this area. Chambers UK 2011

    Richard Cartwright is widely praised for his ‘attention to detail on medical and quantum issues’, ‘meticulous preparation’ and ‘absolute commitment’Legal 500 2010

    Richard Cartwright is ‘excellent with complicated special damages calculations and forensic accountancy evidence’Legal 500 2010

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  • Personal Injury

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    Recent case include:

    • H v F - An RTA claim settled at a round table meeting for the lump sum equivalent of £3.34 million at full liability. C, a lady aged 70, had severe cognitive and physical disabilities and suffered from epilepsy and dysarthria. She was able to ambulate with assistance around her home but was dependent upon a wheelchair for mobility outside it. She was supported there by her ex-husband. The case plan was to maintain her in her own home with his daily assistance for as long as possible and the settlement sum obtained was sufficient to achieve this
    • I v M - Following an door of court settlement on liability in this RTA matter, C recovered by settlement an equivalent sum of £3.26 million, including periodical payments, for his severe brain injuries resulting in severe personality disorder and alcohol abuse
    • P v XY plc - A settlement of US$2.275 million in a fatal claim arising out of mesothelioma attributed to secondary exposure to asbestos
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    Recent cases include:

    • K v L NHS Trust - A claim for loss of mother and wife following her death through mismanaged pre-eclampsia during pregnancy settled at £450,000, liability admitted
    • J v Spire Hospitals & anor - C was rendered tetraplegic as a consequence of post-operative complication allegedly due to substandard care following spinal surgery at a private hospital. A round table meeting prior to the trial on liability failed to achieve agreement but last minute negotiations led to a settlement against one defendant on favourable terms as to both liability and costs
    • R v W NHS Trust - Damages recovered of over £300,000 in respect of Erb’s Palsy injury to non-dominant upper limb classified as a Group 2 injury. Liability and causation in issue throughout but the settlement sum reflected no liability discount on Richard’s advice
    • B v K NHS Trust - C sustained asphyxia brain damage at birth leading to cerebral palsy. Liability had been previously compromised at 85%. Settlement negotations led to an overall agreed award of £5.4 million in lump sum equivalent. The settlement featured the usual stepped periodical payments in respect of care and case management
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Academic

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Accountants

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) University of Manchester

Personal interests

Away from the Bar his interests are travel, music, rugby and air-cooled boxer engines