Richard Paige > Chambers of Richard Wright QC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Wright QC
Park Square Barristers
6 PARK SQUARE
LEEDS
LS1 2LW
England
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Work Department

Civil Fraud, Personal Injury, Commercial & Chancery, and Regulatory & Public

Position

Richard Paige, having developed a successful practice in personal injury and clinical negligence, now specialises in civil insurance fraud. He was a founding member of the civil fraud team at Sovereign Chambers before the merger which formed Park Square Barristers. Richard is instructed by most of the country’s leading firms specialising in civil insurance fraud and many of the UK’s insurance companies. 

Richard has extensive experience in all areas of civil fraud including employer’s liability and public liability, but mainly in relation to road traffic accidents. He has been instructed on numerous occasions in cases involving fabricated, staged and induced (‘slam-on’) accidents, bogus passengers and phantom witnesses, low-velocity impacts (LVIs), and exaggerated personal injury and damage claims.

He has expertise in dealing with individual frauds, group and family frauds, and wider criminally organised fraud rings.

Richard is able to advise at the pre-proceedings stage and to conduct conferences with clients and witnesses to test the strength of their evidence in cases where credibility is crucial. He uses his extensive forensic skills when preparing and drafting the detailed defences essential in civil fraud cases, as well as appropriate part 18 requests and applications for specific disclosure. He deals with all interlocutory applications which might arise in civil fraud cases, and has defended many cases at trial both on the fast track and multitrack.

Following the introduction of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS), Richard has advised and represented clients in many cases where a finding of fundamental dishonesty has been sought.

Richard Paige’s background is in all areas of civil law, but he now specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury and civil insurance fraud.

During his MA course, Richard became familiar with many of the issues arising in medical law and has been instructed in cases against NHS trust hospitals, health authorities, prison hospitals and doctors, dentists and nurses in private practice. He has particular interest in issues relating to consent to treatment.

He undertakes multi-track personal-injury cases, for claimants or defendants, involving accidents at work, highway accidents, road traffic accidents, civil-abuse claims and industrial-disease cases (including asbestos related diseases, HAVS and NIHL).

Richard also accepts instructions in professional negligence claims relating to personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

An online calculator developed by Richard to ease calculations of inflation for personal injury awards was adopted by Lawtel and now features on their website.

Richard Paige completed degrees in physiological sciences and medical law before undertaking a pupillage specialising in intellectual property and information technology law at 3 Raymond Buildings (now Hogarth Chambers) in London.

Besides receiving training in cases involving patents, trademarks, design rights, copyright and passing-off, Richard developed experience in cases involving franchise law, media law and breach of directors’ duties. He continues to accept instructions in cases involving copyright infringement and passing-off.

Since moving to Leeds in 2001, Richard’s practice has expanded to include general contractual and commercial disputes with a wide range of issues and values, boundary and neighbour disputes, breach of building contracts, debt actions, negligent advice and misstatements and interpleader actions. He has significant experience in cases involving allegations of negligent or malicious employment and university references.

Richard accepts instructions in all areas of professional negligence, including solicitor, accountant and surveyor negligence.

Richard Paige graduated from Oxford University in Physiological Sciences before completing a master’s in Medical Law and Ethics. He represents all healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists) at disciplinary tribunals where their conduct is scrutinised and their right to continue practice is at issue. Richard obtained his Blue in athletics whilst at Oxford University and had a successful career competing for one of the leading athletics club in the country before hanging up his spikes. He continues to have a keen interest in athletics and many other sports including rugby, cricket, rowing, squash and croquet. Originally a member of Sovereign Chambers, following the merger to form Park Square Barristers Richard has joined the sports law team which was already established at No6. He now undertakes cases in all areas of sports law. Using his experience and expertise in medical law, Richard has represented the interests of many families at inquests where their loved ones have died whilst in the care of health professionals and at hospital. Richard has also regularly been instructed to attend inquests by quasi-government organisations and companies with government contracts where the deceased has died whilst in custody. Tying in with his practice in personal injury, Richard has been instructed on behalf of both families and insurance companies at inquests arising from fatal road traffic accidents.

Career

Call 1997

Memberships

North Eastern Circuit
Personal Injury Bar Association
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
AvMA
Leeds and District Medico-Legal Society

Education

1995
University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Philosophical Sciences (2.1)

1996
City University, London, Diploma in Law

1997
Inns of Court School of Law, BVC (“Very Competent”)

1998
Kings College London, MA Medical Law & Ethics (“Merit”)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

Within: Leading Juniors -

Richard Paige



Park Square Barristers



Active in a wide range of personal injury matters.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

Within: Leading Juniors -

Richard Paige



Park Square Barristers



A strong claimant practitioner.