Barbara Richardson

Barbara graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in law (LLB) in 2014 and went on to study the Legal Practice Course and LLM at the University of Law in 2015. She then worked as a paralegal, specialising in child protection matters, before commencing her training contract in 2016.

Barbara completed a specialised training contract in clinical negligence at a top tier defendant healthcare firm and therefore has a wide range of experience of defending NHS trusts in medical, dental and mental health claims. She joined Hempsons in 2018 as a newly qualified solicitor in the healthcare litigation, clinical negligence department.

Areas of expertise

  • clinical negligence

The clients Barbara works with

  • NHS Resolution
  • NHS trusts

Qualifications

  • Legal Practice Course with LLM (2015)
  • Law (LLB) (2014)

 

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  • Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2020]

    Pleading ex turpi causa is attractive for defence solicitors but, historically, it has been a difficult defence to succeed with. Defendants needed to establish both causation (that the injury was caused by the illegal act, rather than the alleged negligence) and proportionality (that the crime was so serious that the claimant should not be awarded damages).

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  • Medical Objects Left Inside Patients

    We have had recent success in obtaining a discontinuance against the Defendant Trust in a claim involving a foreign object left in situ. Broadly, the Claimant (“C”) alleged that surgeons negligently left plastic coating in his body following removal of a spinal cord stimulator wire that had been in place for 12 years. The plastic coating of the wire was left in situ causing a low-grade infection and C suffered from related symptoms for around two years.

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  • Pectus Excavatum and Surgical Intervention

    Pectus Excavatum is a congenital deformity where the ribs and sternum grow abnormally forming a caved-in chest wall. In most patients, the only symptom is the cosmetic indentation of the chest although, in more severe cases, there can be respiratory problems and chest pain. Surgery involves placing titanium bars beneath the ribs and sternum to push the chest back out.

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