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Chambers of Marc Willems QC

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Cobden House Chambers (Chambers of Marc Willems QC), Richard Hartley QC, Manchester, ENGLAND

Richard Hartley QC

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Cobden House Chambers (Chambers of Marc Willems QC)


Richard A Hartley QC is Head of Chambers at Cobden House Chambers. He is a civil practitioner with a busy paper and court practice. He specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence work of the higher value and more complex kind, as well as dealing with sports injury, regulatory law and insurer recovery cases. He is instructed by both claimants and defendants. Mr Hartley was regarded as one of the busiest and most well-respected juniors in Manchester and repeatedly received praise for his work in well-known Bar directories, where he was recognised for his effectiveness. He took Silk in 2008 and has continued to develop a strong practice. The majority of his work concerns major injuries sustained in road traffic accidents, accidents at work, occupiers’ liability claims, clinical negligence, product defects and fatal accidents. The injuries differ greatly, but recently he has worked increasingly on claims involving major brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, psychological injuries, stress at work claims, WRULDs, major orthopaedic injuries and sports injuries involving claims for the lost chance of sporting earnings – including several high-profile players and clubs. As well as pure compensation claims, he deals with some of the ancillary work such as health and safety prosecutions and appeals, regulatory law and coroner’s inquests and Article 2 inquiries. He is frequently instructed in cases involving very large claims, sometimes with a junior and sometimes alone. He is considered to be approachable and hard-working. Solicitors have frequently fed back to the clerking team that he has put clients at ease and combined a professional attitude with a friendly approach. He has appeared in reported cases involving acceleration of injuries, jurisdictional disputes and quantum decisions. He appeared as lead counsel for the claimant in what is currently the highest ever value sports injury claim and is currently instructed in several other similar cases. Special interests: Mr Hartley enjoys cases involving complex medical and engineering issues, detailed factual disputes and legal arguments. He regularly gives talks on his experience in litigation and on topics as diverse as the Court of Protection, brain injury claims, motorcycle cases, sports injuries and many other aspects of personal injury litigation. He is a significant contributor to chambers’ programme of seminars and lectures to firms of solicitors.


Called 1985; Silk 2008; Recorder in criminal cases in the Crown Court and civil cases in the County Court; member of Northern Circuit Working Party on Joint Settlement Meetings.


Personal Injuries Bar Association; Northern Circuit Medical Law Association.


Snowboarding (badly), watching a local football team (always with hope but seldom with joy) or trying (largely unsuccessfully) to restore an old car.

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