Richard qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and, since then, has acted only for patients and their families in clinical negligence and defective medical device claims. He was appointed as a partner of Pryers in 2013.
Areas of Expertise
He has extensive experience of all types of clinical negligence case and has a particular interest in cases concerning birth injuries, neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery, and those cases involving very complex medical issues and international elements. He has dealt with many high value cases, for adults and children, involving the detailed assessment of a client’s long-term future needs. He has also dealt with a number of complex and high profile Inquests.
Richard is an acknowledged national expert in cases concerning hip surgery, including both clinical negligence claims and defective product claims. He leads a team acting for several hundred patients who suffered the early failure of the DePuy ASR hip device. He acts for a group of people who were fitted with incompatible metal hip components: a case which involves allegations of negligence by surgeons as well as errors by the manufacturer. He is also leading a group action concerning allegedly defective ankle replacements and many other claims concerning failed medical devices. In addition to these product liability claims, he and his team also deal with a large number of clinical negligence claims arising out of hip surgery, such as those involving poorly fitted components, inappropriate surgery and inadequate follow-up.
In the past, Richard has acted in large group actions concerning Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (CJD) caused by contaminated human growth hormone and, in a separate action, where it came from eating BSE-contaminated beef. He has acted for a group of patients in a case concerning the failure of a Down’s Syndrome screening programme as a result of the “Millennium bug” and has represented the family of a patient who died following her taking part in the trial of a cannabis-based pain-killer.
Richard is experienced in dealing with cases with a foreign element, whether that relates to medical treatment abroad or bringing actions against foreign manufacturers of medical devices.
Richard has been published in one of the world’s leading orthopaedic surgery journals, Bone & Joint 360.
In 2014, Chambers Guide to the Legal Professional said that “Richard Starkie of Pryers Solicitors LLP is a key member of a number of group litigation steering committees. According to sources, “he is extremely thorough and has great attention to detail. He really gets under the skin of a case and leaves no stone unturned.”. In 2015, they said that Richard has “significant experience handling product liability claimant work in relation to medical devices. Sources say: “He is definitely one of the biggest players in the North of England. He’s really on top of the science and the law.””
Richard is a Member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence panel and has been so for over five years. He is a member of the Spinal Injuries Association clinical negligence panel. Richard is also a member of the Pan-European Organisation for Personal Injuries.
Outside of the office, Richard spends his time with his wife and two young sons, or his road bike cycling in the Yorkshire Dales chasing Strava KOMs.