Richard Grimshaw > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
B4 6DR

Work Department

Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Inquests


Richard has an extensive clinical negligence, inquest and personal injury practice and is regularly instructed in a variety of matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants (including NHSR, medical and dental defence organisations, the MoD and MoJ). Alongside his court work, which includes healthcare related, prison, Article 2 and jury inquests, he has considerable experience of attending conferences with experts and has a busy paperwork practice. He is regularly instructed on high value, complex and sensitive matters and his thorough preparation and attention for detail allows him to bring the best out of his client’s case. He has experience of High Court clinical negligence trials, both as sole counsel and led by a silk.
Directory rankings have stated that, he is “A formidable advocate who can think very quickly on his feet”, “He has a great eye for detail and provides robust, pragmatic and precise advice in complex clinical negligence cases”, “His skills and expertise go beyond what you would expect for someone of his call”, “He’s brilliant – a really very good advocate and his preparation was second to none”, “An excellent barrister who is quick on his feet”, “He is extremely well prepared and hard-working, and will dedicate himself to pursuing every issue”.
He is happy to accept work on a conditional fee agreement basis where appropriate.

Richard was shortlisted for the ‘Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year’ award at the Legal 500 Awards 2022



Called 2010.

Recorder (Civil and Crime)
Deputy Master (Queen’s Bench Division, High Court)Senior Junior Counsel to the UK Covid 19 Public Inquiry
Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull (2017-2021)
Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown


PIBA; AvMA; The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Midland Circuit.


BA (Hons) Law with Business Studies, University of Warwick (First Class Honours; 2009)

Bar Vocational Course, College of Law (Outstanding; 2010)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard GrimshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Richard is very hardworking and committed. He is extremely helpful and provides excellent advice throughout the inquest, always willing to go the extra mile and ensure the client understands what is happening.’  

No5 Barristers’ Chambers provides representation at inquests on behalf of a wide range of parties, including health and safety executives, corporate bodies, governmental organisations, as well as individuals. ‘Strong tactician’ Adrian Keeling KC represented the driver of a lorry who ran over a colleague in a yard at work and assisted with a two-week inquest that explored all the shortcomings in the workplace. Richard Grimshaw was instructed by the Ministry of Justice in an inquest concerning a teenager who took his own life whilst in a Young Offenders Institution, and is commended for his ‘practical approach to evidence and working with witnesses’.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Richard GrimshawNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Richard is extremely knowledgeable in clinical negligence cases and in every new case, he does detailed research into that particular medical issue and understands the medical records and expert evidence. He is not afraid to challenge the medical experts in their field of expertise and ensures no stone is left unturned.  He is extremely approachable and responds promptly to any queries. His work is always completed to a very high standard.’