Richard Bannister > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
B3 3AG

Work Department

Medical negligence, Serious injury


Richard has acted successfully in a variety of clinical negligence claims, drawing on his wealth of experience.

Since 1992, he has undertaken claimant clinical negligence claims exclusively. He is highly admired for being “very focused and experienced”, “practical and pragmatic” and “a very reliable and effective practitioner”, in addition to establishing “good practical solutions to difficult problems”.

His standing in the field is well-known and respected, especially in complex issues which include obstetrics, oncology, orthopaedics, brain injury, general surgery, fatal accidents and representation at inquests.

Richard has been accredited to the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Specialist Solicitor’s Referral Panel since 1997.

He is routinely top ranked in the Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession as a leading Clinical Negligence Lawyer who is a “people person” and “popular with clients”, “highly regarded” and “very pragmatic, direct and sensible”. In 2019, the Chambers Guide recognised him as an Eminent Practitioner in this field.




Richard is an accredited Mediator.


Outside of work, Richard enjoys most sports, although nowadays mainly as a spectator only, and reading British crime fiction.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

(Rising stars)

Richard BannisterShoosmiths LLP

There is ‘great depth and strength’ in the team at Shoosmiths LLP which ‘undertakes a huge volume of maximum severity work’ with ‘specific expertise in cerebral palsy claims’. Practice head, Phil Barnes, is a known name for his work on a range of catastrophic brain and spinal injuries in addition to amputation and other fatal claims. Kashmir Uppal  has expertise in claims against ‘rogue surgeons’. Nicholas Tubb is also well-regarded. At associate level Natasha Read has a varied caseload of complex clinical negligence matters. Richard Bannister has an established reputation for his work on a broad variety of cases and is also an accredited CEDR mediator.