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Richard Gaffney

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Slater and Gordon

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Richard is a Principal Lawyer in the personal injury team at Slater and Gordon’s offices in Cambridge. He specialises in claims involving catastrophic and serious injuries. Richard has significant experience in claims involving head injury, multiple orthopaedic, amputation and fatal accident claims. He spent 10 years in the armed forces before becoming a lawyer so has particular experience in dealing with military accident claims. Richard is also Slater & Gordon’s principal lawyer for Cycling UK, the UK’s national cycling charity.


Richard has been practising full time in claimant personal injury since the year 2000 and joined Slater and Gordon in 2013.


Richard provides regular training sessions for interested groups including consultant surgeons and doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, etc. Richard is also a member of APIL and a member of one of the few teams that are nationally accredited as specialist solicitors by both the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway, brain injury association/charity.

East Anglia: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Gaffney - Slater and Gordon

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Slater and Gordon  in Cambridge 'gives a very good service to its clients; the lawyers are diligent in their investigations, go to great lengths to pursue claims and make things as easy as possible for the client'. The firm runs a multi-track practice handling complex, multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury claims; military claims; Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) matters; fatal accident and repetitive strain injury claims; and second opinion cases for clients seeking new legal input into existing claims. The firm has numerous panel appointments including Child Brain Injury Trust, Limbless Association, Headway and Spinal Injuries Association. It has a deep bench of talent that includes Paul Tapner (who is ‘a good tactician who is also extremely experienced‘); military claims expert Richard Gaffney;  Andrew Zajac who handles complex and high-value brain and spinal injury claims and is 'a tough negotiator who handles cases with great skill'; and Angela Beric, who is ‘experienced and pragmatic and works tirelessly and effectively on behalf of her clients’. One client notes that Beric ‘has a high level of knowledge in the area of complex brain injury – with children and adults – and is extremely thorough in her work‘. The office also has a strong associate team in Crystal Eaton, Mick Upton and Joe Speed. A key highlight saw Tapner act for a claimant who died as a result of a defective tumble dryer which caused a house fire. He obtained formal admission of liability from the manufacturer and the case is now being valued.

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