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Weightmans LLP

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Richard Jolly

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Weightmans LLP

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Richard was recently appointed as the firm’s national head of healthcare advisory. This followed his success in growing the healthcare team in the North West, which is on the NHSLA panel, handling high-value clinical negligence claims. Acts as client partner for a number of local trusts, advising on healthcare issues such as capacity and consent, emergency treatment orders and declaratory relief, DPA/FOIA, and attending inquests on their behalf. Richard has had a number of articles published this year in HSJ, Pulse and GP Magazine. He has lectured widely, most recently on the new statutory duty of candour.


Trained Weightmans; qualified 1992; partner 1999.




Kings School, Chester; Nottingham University (1989 LLB).


Golf, football, tennis and family.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Weightmans LLP is 'immensely committed to providing the best service available, working above and beyond expectations'. The practice is well known for healthcare-related disciplinary issues; acts for all the medical defence organisations and is highly regarded for complex cases before the General Medical Council and General Dental Council; and regularly advises defence organisations on NHS Performers’ List and Health Service Ombudsman matters. The team also assists with barrister conduct work and is regularly involved in the judicial review of decisions of the Legal Ombudsman, who makes findings against barristers. It acted for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a statutory body charged with reviewing decisions of the health and social care regulators, which challenged a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council; the case involved allegations of improper strip searches carried out upon two vulnerable patients while detained in a mental health unit. Liverpool-based Richard Jolly was recently appointed as national head of healthcare advisory; Patrick Gaul is recognised for defending barristers in professional conduct matters before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court; James Rowley in Manchester is 'incredibly skilled in all areas of medico-legal law and is excellent in difficult and complex cases'; London's Robert Crossingham acts mainly for professional indemnity insurers, although he also advises private and commercial clients in relation to disciplinary and uninsured matters; Simon Turner is 'very able'; and consultant John Mitchell 'has great judgment, is hard working and thinks about the best way of doing a case'. Regularly receiving instructions from major medical defence organisations, Mitchell is recommended for his representation of doctors and dentists. Also highly regarded is solicitor Joanne Harrison, who is 'very much a rising star in medical law and very sharp, confident, articulate and knowledgeable'.

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London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Weightmans LLP  has a number of excellent practitioners including Simon Goacher  and Richard Jolly, who are both based in Liverpool, and Birmingham-based Tony Yeaman . The team advises on a broad range of welfare, health and property issues for a significant number of local authorities, NHS trusts and private health and social providers. The team acted for a North West based NHS Foundation trust in an application for an urgent declaration for serious medical treatment in relation to a patient who was detained under the Mental Health Act. The patient was pregnant and was no longer cooperating with her antenatal care. The trust determined that it would be in her best interest to undertake a caesarean section at 37 weeks. The court granted this order declaring that it was lawful for the trust to provide delivery by caesarean section.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

From offices including in Liverpool, Manchester and London,  Weightmans LLP offers an impressive number of specialists such as Tony Yeaman, the  national head of healthcare clinical in Birmingham and Richard Jolly, the national head of healthcare advisory in Liverpool. Martin Forshaw, based in Liverpool has decades of experience acting for police forces defending an array of actions. A client reported of the team: 'The service received is second to none. They are quick to respond and the advice they give is excellent.' Liverpool-based senior associate Morris Hill is also highlighted as 'very pragmatic, sensible and effective.' In addition to its work for police forces, it is acting for Rochdale Council as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

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Within: Healthcare

Weightmans LLP¬†‚Äôs team ‚Äėhas excellent knowledge of the healthcare sector‚Äô and expertise in advising a number of public bodies and NHS clients ‚Äėmeans they are well-placed to provide the type of service needed by public bodies‚Äô. The practice handles regulatory matters and healthcare litigation for public sector clients . Rachel Kneale¬†, Richard Jolly¬† and Tony Yeaman¬† jointly lead the national group and are supported by the ‚Äėexcellent and proactive‚Äô Vanessa Splaine¬† who specialises in clinical negligence. Other key contacts are¬†the ‚Äėknowledgeable and informed‚Äô Edwina Farrell¬† working on GP partnerships, transactions and real estate and Nathan East¬† gives ‚Äėsensible and pragmatic advise‚Äô to NHS Trusts, public services organisations and healthcare practitioner on commercial, governance and real estate issues. Simon Turner¬† is highly recommended for regulatory work and has acted for Professional Standards Authority for health and social care and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in highly complex litigation. Kneale represented Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in an inquest involving a patient who died from a laceration to the liver following a bike accident. Farrell and East continue to advise Kent Local Medical Committee on real estate matters.

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