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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 widely respected for healthcare-related disciplinary issues; the team regularly acts for medical defence organisations, assists with complex cases before the GMC and GDC, and has significant involvement in NHS Performers List and Health Service Ombudsman work. The firm also has a robust barrister conduct practice. In Liverpool, Richard Jolly is the healthcare advisory head, and Mickaela Fox and Emlyn Williams are also key advisers. The other names to note are James Rowley and Michelle Garlick in Manchester, and - in the London office - Tim Lang, Robert Crossingham, Simon Turner, consultant John Mitchell and barrister David Reddington. Patrick Gaul retired from the practice.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection

Within: Court of Protection

Weightmans LLP continues to advise on a wide range of welfare, health, property and affairs matters for a large number of local authorities, NHS trusts and private health and social care providers. The team advises a broad range of these public sector organisations in matters ranging from mental capacity issues and mental health matters through to best interests assessments, health, welfare and property matters. Simon Goacher, Richard Jolly and Tony Yeaman are the names to note.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Weightmans LLP provides 'crucial support' to public bodies spread across local government, healthcare and the emergency services, and has been active oin a high number of complex and highly publicised judicial review cases and public inquiries. As an example, the practice is currently acting on behalf of NHS Blood and Transplant in public inquiry to examine why thousands of patients were given infected blood and infected blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. Richard Jolly, Emlyn Williams and Rachel Kneale jointly lead the national group.

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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Weightmans LLP is best known for handling complex and high value cases for NHS Resolution and its trust clients. The team has particular expertise in organ transplant and blood donor cases, group claims, claims against ambulance services and the former NHS Direct as well as other telephone triage systems. Richard Jolly and Vicky Morris are the main contacts. Ian Critchley was promoted to partner in May 2018.

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North West: Public sector


Within: Leading individuals

Richard Jolly - Weightmans LLP

Within: Health

Weightmans LLP is instructed by healthcare clients in the public sector. Its expertise spans commercial,  regulatory, employment and social care work. The team represents NHS Trusts and doctors in healthcare inquests, handles a number of group actions arising out of major patient safety incidents, advises on procurement and is also active on GDPR-related mandates. The team is also able to handle employment matters and medical defence cases. Richard Jolly is the firm's national sector lead for health and Dewi Ap-Thomas  heads the regulatory team.

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