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Richard Cole

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“Richard is very relaxed and calm as an advocate and comes across as the voice of reason” Chamber & Partners 2023 “Richard is extremely hard working and has a first class legal brain. He has flair and charm in court and is admired by judges and barristers alike” Legal 500 2023 “Richard is very well known for his work on behalf of the Government” Legal 500 “Richard is tier 1 counsel for inquest work” Legal 500
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Personal Injury


Richard undertakes all aspects of personal injury work. He advises, drafts pleadings (including schedules of loss) and appears for both Claimants and Defendants in fast track but more usually multi track cases, including applications, costs and case management conferences and trials. He has experience in a wide variety of personal injury actions, including highway tripping, road traffic accidents, occupiers’ and employers’ liability.  He particularly enjoys cases with complicated medical issues. Interesting cases have involved the successful defence of a multi-track claim brought by a rugby player who suffered a double fracture of the jaw in an amateur match; low velocity impact road traffic accidents where causation of injury is denied and cases where fraud is alleged; drafting of questions to and holding conferences with medical experts  in a variety of cases; advising in a claim where there was a dispute as to whether a road traffic accident had caused the Claimant’s death; advising the mother of a child patient who died following medical negligence in relation to psychiatric injuries suffered as well as novel areas of special damages; advising in a high value dentistry claim; successful defence in a multi-track claim brought against a nightclub chain involving indemnity issues as against a sub- contracting door security firm. He recently advised South Wales Police in relation to a well-publicised claim against the force, following the death of a person who had taken a vehicle without consent and was pursued by police officers.  Richard regularly advises Government Departments (usually the Prison Service) in relation to personal injury claims. 


  • B v MOJ [2022].  High value claim brought by a prison officerLeading Owain Rhys James. 

  • A v MOJ [2022].   Several claims brought by the families of prisoners who died in prison.  

  • L v MOJ [2021] Claim by a violent prisoner assaulted in custodyDismissed. 

  • D v Cardiff Bus [2021] Successful defence of claim based on automatism following a bus crashing in Cardiff City centre, the driver having fainted. Medical evidence. 

  • A v MOJ [2021]Represented HMP Manchester in a claim brought by a prisoner whose throat was slashed by another prisoner serving an attempted murder sentence for exactly the same act. 

  • A v Tesco [2020].  Represented Tesco in a high value brain injury caseMany experts on both sidesCase settled before trial. 

  • W v MOD [2020], High Court, QBD. High value claim brought against the Ministry for personal injury and bullying. 

  • Williams v Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC and Dwr Cymru [2017-2018], acting for Dwr Cymru in a ‘tripper’ claim which is now being considered by the Court of Appeal, Civil Division.   

  • D v An Insurance Company [2017], High Court, QBD, Birmingham, Mr Justice Soole.  Acted on behalf of the Claimant in a contested Eeles application against an experienced silk, and was successful in securing a interim payment in excess of £100,000. 

  • A v An NHS Trust [2017], High Court, QBD, Cardiff.  Acted on behalf of a Claimant in a contested application against a silk regarding the Defendant's pleadings in respect of admissions concerning causation. 

  • Davies v Ministry of Justice [2016-17].  Advised the Ministry in respect of a very high value claim where a court cell security officer suffered a serious injury to her hand.  The case involved conferences with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in respect of regional pain syndrome as well as numerous court officials. 

  • YB v The Soul Suite [2015] Claim brought against a night club for a serious injury to the knee which had long term consequences for the Claimant. Led by Nicholas David Jones.  Contested medical evidence. 

  • L v Ministry of Justice [2014] Claim brought against the Ministry concerning court room furniture which had wide ranging implications in the event of success on behalf of the Claimant.  Claim dismissed. 

  • R v South Wales Police [2012] Defended high profile proceedings following a police pursuit in which the driver of a stolen vehicle crashed into a wall and died. 

  • Lazenby v Caerphilly High Court, QBD [2006] Contempt of Court proceedings before Mr Justice Davis involving a claimant who made a fraudulent personal injury claim. The second publicised contempt case in such proceedings in South Wales. 


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