Richard Kayser



I am a solicitor based in the Medical Negligence team in London, specialising in medical negligence claims on behalf of patients and their families. I deal with a wide range of claims, including: 

  • Spinal injury
  • Adult and child brain injury
  • Children who have suffered injuries at birth
  • Orthopaedic cases
  • Fatal cases
  • Delay in the diagnosis of cancer
  • Surgical errors  

I qualified as a solicitor in 2010, joining Irwin Mitchell in November 2014. I initially trained to be a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in September 2008. In August 2008 I joined Pattinson & Brewer Solicitors where I undertook the cross qualification training. 

I manage my own varied caseload which includes representing clients who have suffered major spinal cord injury and brain damage through substandard medical treatment. I have experience with representation of families at inquests where death is suspected to have occurred due to neglect.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

Being able to help injured people obtain the compensation they deserve to help them rebuild their lives and put in place much needed rehabilitation.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Irwin Mitchell is one of, if not the leading, medical negligence firms in the country. To be able to work with an extensive team with vast experience means we can offer our clients the best possible service. This ensures injured people get the rehabilitation they need and obtain the compensation they deserve.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell is able to offer its clients the full range of legal services under one roof, including access to a client liaison manager, Court of Protection team and assistance with education and public law. This means I can give my clients the very best legal advice, helping them throughout their legal claim and beyond.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Away from the office, I love to travel and experience new cultures. My pastimes include kayaking and mountaineering.

Significant Recent Cases

  • JL v Medway NHS foundation Trust

I achieved an admission of liability and large interim payment (with compensation still to be assessed) for a brain injured adult who suffered hyponatremia and hypokalemia following mismanagement of her sodium levels.

  • PW v unspecified

I helped Rebecca Cherry secure a seven figure settlement for a seriously disabled adult who suffered debilitating pressure sores whilst recovering from a road traffic accident. It was the highest documented settlement for a pressure sore injury case.

  • NB and DS v Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

I recovered an undisclosed amount of compensation for parents who lost their son during childbirth and both suffered serious psychiatric injuries. The parents were encouraged to have a natural birth following a previous caesarean section, but this resulted in an emergency caesarean section. 

  • CD v unspecified

I secured £275,000 in compensation for a client who was administered a spinal anaesthetic directly into her spinal cord whilst already under a general anaesthetic, leaving her with permanent nerve damage and unable to return to full time work. 

  • GS v unspecified

I helped a client recover £75,000 following damage to a ureter during a hysterectomy. 

  • MP (Deceased) v Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 2012 

I secured £125,000 for the family of the deceased, who died after a severe reaction to penicillin given during surgery. The case led to full internal review of Trust policy for monitoring patients with known allergies.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 09/05/2016
    Grandparents Launch Legal Action Against Hospital Where Daughter Died Following Childbirth and Granddaughter Was Left Brain Damaged

    “S’Riaah is an incredibly strong little girl, but one who should never have had to endure what she has been through. She will need a lifetime of care and therapy as well as costly adaptions to her home to enable her to stay there. “Sylvia and Parbeto, and D’Lissa’s siblings, have had to be incredibly strong for S’Riaah while still grieving the sudden loss of D’Lissa at a time when the family was supposed to be celebrating the happy arrival of a new baby. “It is hoped that an inquest into D’Lissa’s untimely death will give Sylvia and her family the opportunity to hear from those responsible for D’Lissa and S’Riaah’s care and how events unfolded to leave S’Riaah with life changing injuries.”

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  • 11/01/2015
    Woman Left With ‘Months To Live’ After Delay In Lung Cancer Diagnosis

    Kim’s diagnosis has come as a complete shock to her and her family and they are desperately seeking answers as to why her condition was not picked up at an earlier point by the doctors who treated her. “Delays in promptly diagnosing and treating any type of cancer can have devastating consequences and it is vital that doctors focus on the symptoms and give each patient the best possible care when deciding whether or not it might be cancer. “In this case we are still in the early stages of our investigation for Kim and her family to get some answers as to what happened during her care. “There is sadly nothing that can turn back the clock but, this case is about highlighting any potential issues and lessons that can be learnt to hopefully prevent any other families having to go through what Kim and her family are at the moment.”

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