Richard Lewis

Position:  Solicitor

Phone: 01625 547319

Email: richard.lewis@hmsolicitors.co.uk

Profile

Richard started his career with a high street firm of solicitors where he gained experience in a broad range of general litigation, including personal injury, criminal and family law. It was here that he discovered his vocation to help victims of negligence obtain swift rehabilitation and compensation for the injuries and losses suffered by them, through no fault of their own.

Richard quickly progressed to become a partner at a national law firm where he was responsible for a team of solicitors dealing with high value and complex litigation involving large insurers and public bodies, including the Ministry of Defence.

Richard joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors in 2019 to specialise in claims against the Ministry of Defence brought by former servicemen due to clinical negligence suffered during their years of service.

Richard has particular experience of brain injuries including epilepsy, PTSD, spinal injuries, amputations and fatal accidents, including death due to the delay in the diagnosis of cancer. He has successfully brought numerous large catastrophic injury claims against the Ministry of Defence, the NHS and other healthcare providers.

Richard’s accomplishments include his intervention in a case where the parents of a child who had suffered a brain injury as a new-born baby were wrongly advised that their claim was worth no more than £50,000. Richard took the case on and subsequently helped to arrange specialist education and appropriate rehabilitation, housing and care for the child as well as a multi-million-pound settlement including a periodical payment order for the child’s lifetime.

Richard believes in providing clear and concise legal advice, free of jargon. He will go the extra mile for his clients having successfully taken many cases to trial to fight for fair compensation at County Courts and the High Court throughout England and Wales. He has also successfully appealed cases to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

At Home

When at home in Chester, Richard is regularly involved supporting his local community by helping to organise fundraising and charitable events, including amateur theatre productions, choirs, concerts and music festivals as well as annual street parties. When he can, Richard enjoys skiing, scuba diving, hiking and telling anyone who will listen, that he has been featured in a best-selling book on gangsters.

Noteable Cases:

Re M (a child) – hypoxic brain injury suffered as a baby – Lump sum of £800,000 plus £60,000 PPO for life.

J v Ministry of Defence (Court of Appeal) – £1million + claim for leg injuries sustained during a confidence jump from a bridge into a river.

Beechwood Audi v Hoyer Group UK Limited (Court of Appeal) – clarification on the law as to the method of calculation of damages for the wrongful deprivation of a non- profit making chattel.