Richard Watson > Hill Dickinson LLP > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Hill Dickinson LLP
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A partner in the health litigation team representing the NHS in complex and varied claims, Richard is highly regarded for his expertise in defending many complex high value clinical negligence birth trauma and other high value neurological  claims brought against NHS organisations. He has dealt  with claims worth up to £15 million, many of which have attracted media interest.

He has 30 years’ experience of working in the health market place with substantial experience of defendant work and legal developments and changes in the sector generally. That experience includes not only management of challenging high value cases, but also the successful leadership of a large team of others in various health disciplines over a prolonged period of time.


Articled Walker, Smith & Way; qualified 1990; assistant solicitor 1990; assistant solicitor Crutes, Newcastle 1991; assistant solicitor Hill Dickinson Davis Campbell (now Hill Dickinson) 1993; partner 1996 to date.


Member of the Law Society
Member of the Liverpool Law Society


Birkenhead School; Birmingham University (1987 LLB 2(1)); 1988 solicitors’ final examinations.


Football, walking, cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

(Hall of Fame)

Richard WatsonHill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s clinical negligence defence team enjoys an excellent reputation, holding places on a number major national healthcare panels such as the Medical Protection Society and NHS Resolution. The group also acts for a significant number of NHS Trusts throughout the country. The ‘dynamic and astute’ Andrew Craggs and Ian Gardiner jointly lead the department, while other key team members include Richard Watson, David Locke, Mike McKenna, Philip Bradbury and Andrew Leslie. Joanne Hughes was promoted to partner in May 2018.