Richard Jolly > Weightmans LLP > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Weightmans LLP
L3 9QJ


 Richard is the national head of our health sector practice and has overall responsibility for leading on the delivery of legal services to existing and new health sector clients. This entails enhancing the quality of the legal services we provide, the development of new products and new markets.
 Richard sits on the NHS Resolution steering group. This group is tasked with improving KPIs, and identifying how we might best support NHS Resolution in meeting its strategic aims.
 Richard has been an NHS Resolution Nominated Partner for nearly 20 years for both clinical and non-clinical claims. He leads internally on our non-clinical offering, working closely with NHS Resolution management teams to help them meet the challenges presented by this ever-changing sector.
 Richard is the client partner for a number of NHS Trusts, focussing on patient safety and helping them identify the learning from incidents, inquests, complaints and claims and how to embed improvements.
 Richard has become a trusted adviser to a number of healthcare organisations, such as NWAS, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT and Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT, with the result that Weightmans are now instructed by these Trusts on inquests, and investigations but often on employment, commercial law and property transactions.

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North West > Public sector > Health

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Richard JollyWeightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP advises a number of major public bodies on strategic issues impacting their operations. The practice has extensive expertise in public inquiries and handles high level judicial review cases, as well as significant employment disputes, governance reviews and regulatory investigations. Richard Jolly is national head of health, while Dewi Ap Thomas leads the regulatory team and Emlyn Williams spearheads the healthcare employment team.

North West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Weightmans LLP defends a broad range of clinical claims, including organ transplant and blood donor cases, birth injury cases, obstetric and neurological claims. Richard Jolly, Rachel Kneale and Vicky Morris jointly head the practice. Ian Critchley is noted for his handling of complex and sensitive claims; principal associate Lisa Spencer defends claims on behalf of NHS trusts. Principal associate Sam Harland is also well-regarded. On the personal injury side, Peter Wake, Liam McGuire, Graham Dean, Charlie Williams and Tracy Smyth lead sub-groups within the practice. Associate Louise Mutch is experienced in catastrophic injury claims, while David Holt is noted for his motor claims expertise.

London > Public sector > Healthcare

Known for its ‘excellent strength in depth‘ and defendant healthcare advice, Weightmans LLP provides a full range of support to NHS Trusts and public bodies, including regulatory law, public inquiries, and commercial and GDPR work for healthcare clients. In Liverpool, national head of healthcare Richard Jolly focuses on advising NHS Trusts regarding inquests, complaints and medical claims, while national head of healthcare employment Emlyn Williams specialises in whistleblowing, discrimination, and other areas of employment law in the healthcare sector. In London Rachel Kneale is an expert in clinical negligence. The team was recently bolstered by a London combination with RadcliffesLeBrasseur, gaining a team which includes ‘stand-out‘ senior partner and ‘legend in this area‘ Andrew Parsons, who specialises in areas such as CQC issues, public law, and judicial reviews.  He works alongside Sam Flew, who is an expert in regulatory and disciplinary matters, as well as criminal investigations in the healthcare sector.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

At the forefront of professional discipline work, Weightmans LLP – which recently merged with RadcliffesLeBrasseur –  is ‘full of excellent lawyers‘, who cover all regulated sectors and professions through specialist teams for healthcare professionals, solicitors and legal services regulation, and police disciplinary work. Frequently leading complex matters before the GMC and GDC, the ‘extremely knowledgeable, articulate and experiencedSam Flew heads the healthcare professionals team; commercial litigation head Nigel West also leads the solicitors regulation practice; and Leeds-based Tom Nutter heads the firm’s police disciplinary/regulatory work. Also key to the practice are Susanna Heley, who represents solicitors, partners and employees in professional disciplinary matters; and Stewart Duffy, a specialist in disciplinary matters for healthcare professionals, who is dual qualified in medicine and law. At consultant level, Linda Lee is a former president of the Law Society of England and Wales; and Alex Leslie represents NHS professionals in disciplinary matters. Other key names include national health sector head Richard Jolly; Emlyn Williams, who handles healthcare-related conduct and disciplinary issues; and Mickaela Fox, who is noted for complex, high-value cases.