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Richard Booth QC

Call:  1993 
QC: 2013


Richard Booth has a wide-ranging practice which covers a number of areas of law, but he is perhaps best-known for his work in the fields of professional negligence, regulatory and disciplinary law, personal injury, inquests and sports law. He has particular expertise in the fields of healthcare and sport.

He has an even balance of claimant and defendant work, as well as both prosecuting and defending in regulatory hearings.

He held the appointment of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney-General's Regional Panel) 2000 - 2012. He is a member of both the Wales and Chester and Midland Circuits, appearing regularly outside London.

Before turning to law, he read French and Spanish at Cambridge, later obtaining a Master's in European Law in Brussels.


Clinical Negligence and Healthcare

"Robust and excellent advocate." "He is a very effective cross-examiner who has a very impressive grasp of the intricacies of the papers." "A hugely effective advocate who is right up there in terms of tactical nuance." "A first-rate, impressive advocate who is regularly retained on challenging cases." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

“Not only is he an excellent advocate on his feet but he is empathetic with clients and skilled at identifying and focusing on the key issues in a case.” “He is intelligent, analytical, thorough and fantastic to work with.” (Chambers and Partners 2016)

‘Acts for regulators and regulated individuals on healthcare professional discipline matters.  He is also has a well-respected sports practice.’  
"He is incisive in his analysis, good with clients, and adept at handling tense situations." (Chambers and Partners 2015)

"He's great on his feet, brilliant at cross-examination and has great experience of regulatory work. He's also fantastic with clients, thorough, analytical, precise, and provides a very reassuring point of reference when it comes to tricky issues." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

a "thoroughly helpful and reliable senior junior" who is "particularly popular with clients."  (Chamber and Partners 2013)

"a long-established reputation for delivering success" and has "excellent client care skills." He represents both sides in personal injury matters. (Chambers and Partners 2013)

A “very sound counsel” who is known for his excellent manner with clients. (Chambers and Partners 2012)

Richard Booth can tackle the most complex, high-value claims around. Clients speak highly of his "pleasant manner and flexible approach," noting that he "absorbs himself into the team effortlessly every time." (Chambers and Partners 2011)

“He is a joy to work with, proving pleasant, straightforward and extremely able.”
(Chambers and Partners 2010)

Also featured as a Leading Junior in Clinical Negligence in Legal 500 since 2005.

Professional Discipline

"A hugely effective advocate who is right up there in terms of tactical nuance." "A first-rate, impressive advocate who is regularly retained on challenging cases." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

“He performed really well and had an ability to connect with the clients involved." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

He is a new silk who has a nice touch with the tribunal." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

"disarmingly charming opponent" with "enormous experience of all aspects of medical law." Valued for his tactical nous, he has defended and prosecuted cases in front of the GMC and GDC (Chambers and Partners 2013)

“creative personable and assured” (Chambers and Partners 2012)

Richard Booth has a varied practice, both prosecuting and defending across a range of professions, and "always gets a good report" from his clients. (Chambers and Partners 2011)

"Richard Booth has an excellent knowledge of healthcare and both prosecutes and defends. His conversational style of advocacy always goes down very well at the tribunals and he is popular with clients for being always on hand when he is needed."  (Chambers and Partners 2009)


Contributed chapter to An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law (Hart, 2000)

Occasional articles for journals such as The Lawyer, Legal Week and Legal & Medical including Going Down, Going Down, Going Down: WBA v El - Safety revisited in the Court of Appeal, Issue 22, January 2007


Recorder on the Wales Circuit (2008)

Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney-General's Regional Panel) 2000 - 2012

Member, Legal Services Commission Funding Review Panel for Special Cases Unit and Clinical Negligence

Significant cases include the following

Please see the full printable CV for case descriptions

Clinical Negligence

E v M (QBD, Simon J, Approval Hearing 02.02.12)

C v H NHS Trust (Settlement at RTM, January 2012)

Pickett v Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University LHB (Approval Hearing, HHJ Patrick Curran QC, Cardiff County Court, 09.12.11)

K v A LHB (Settlement, November 2011)

G v X LHB (Settlement at RTM, September 2011)

C v NW NHS Trust (Settlement at RTM, June 2011)

Dungey v P and Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust (16.09.08, His Honour Graham Jones, Cardiff District Registry)

Nathanson v Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust [2008] EWHC 460 (QB)

YH (YM) v Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals NHS Trust (2005)


Inquest into death of HH (December 2010 – July 2011)

Inquest into the death of Sylvan Money, Powys Coroner's Court, Sept/Oct 2006

Inquest into the death of David Baines, North East Wales Coroner's Court, February 2006

Personal Injury

B v C (Settlement at RTM, January 2012)

R v Hill & Direct Milk Supplies (Settlement, December 2011)

B v C PLC (Settlement at RTM, November 2011)

Human Rights/Health Law

Waghorn v Care Quality Commission [2012] EWHC 1816 (Admin)

A Local Authority v A Health Authority and another [2003] EWHC 2746 (Fam), [2004] Fam 96

Professional Discipline

GMC v Breakspear Hospital clinicians (2011/2012)

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons v M (November 2011)

General Chiropractic Council v 523 BCA Chiropractors (Nov 2010 – July 2011)

West Kent PCT v Dr Zala (First-Tier Tribunal, Public Health Lists, February-April 2011)

GMC v Dr D (Autumn 2010 + June 2011 - 5 weeks in total)

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons v G (2011)

General Dental Council v H (2011)

R (on the application of Dr Harish Doshi) v Southend on Sea Primary Care Trust [2007] EWHC 1361 (Admin)

Public Law

Gorai v NHS Mid Essex (Admin Court, King J, 23.11.11)

Sports Law

M v G (2011)

B v A Rugby Club & Another (2011)

Patel v Fitness First (2011)

X v Y (2010)

L v S (2010)

F v M (unreported, HHJ Karsten QC, Central London CC), 17th May 2010

British Boxing Board of Control v Moore

Technology & Construction/Professional Negligence

Johnson v BJW Property Developments Ltd [2002] 3 All ER 574


L v S (sports case, supra) (Costs) (November 2011)

Alan Phillips Associates v Dowling [2007] EWCA Civ 64

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