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West, Richard
Richard West
Telephone: +44 1245 299 877
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Chambers UK 2016 - Leading Individual

Chambers UK 2016 - Leading Individual

The Legal 500 UK 2016 - Recommended lawyer

Legal 500 UK - recommended lawyer

The Legal 500 UK 2015 - Recommended Lawyer

The Legal 500 UK 2014 - Recommended Lawyer

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Recommended lawyer - The Legal 500 UK 2017

Richard West


Richard qualified in England and Wales in 1993. He heads Kennedys’ Liability Division and is a member of the firm’s Strategy Board.

He is regularly instructed on clients’ most important, valuable and sensitive matters.

Richard acts for insurers, TPAs, brokers and corporates with large deductibles, defending motor and casualty claims. He has particular expertise in catastrophic injury claims including complex liability matters, reputationally sensitive incidents and brain and psychiatric injury.

Before specialising in catastrophic injury cases, Richard gathered in-depth experience in all liability matters including employers’, public and property liability.

He has significant experience advising clients on indemnity and policy matters and substantial experience in settling cases involving Periodical Payment Orders.

Richard is an inspiring trailblazer and leads the Liability Division with his vision that lawyers should empower their clients to use their lawyers less. He believes that Kennedys’ should enhance our clients’ own skills in the early stages of personal injury litigation to ‘de-lawyer the law’.

He developed Kennedys' virtual lawyer ‘KLAiM’, which won ‘Legal Technology Team of the Year’ at the Legal Business Awards 2016. He has spearheaded the firms’ Innovation Toolkit, which is revolutionising the way in which clients respond to claims.

Richard is the lead author of Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide and is a regular presenter and trainer. He is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

As part of his active role in the firms’ lobbying agenda, Richard chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group meeting in Westminster, focusing on Jackson reforms and authored Kennedys’ Ministry of Justice responses for whiplash, Jackson and portals. Richard has met with Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Briggs, as well as senior members of the Government Legal Department to demonstrate Kennedys’ innovative and award winning products that embody his division’s core principle of “Helping clients to use all lawyers less”.

Richard is a leader in his field and clients describe him as “unflappable” and “very good on upper level cases” Chambers UK 2016. He is considered “very attentive; he's commercially aware and he gets good results.” (Chambers UK 2016). Richard is a Recommended lawyer for Personal injury (defendant), The Legal 500 UK 2017, and a Leading individual for Personal injury, Chambers 2017 and 2018.  

Work highlights

Managed a £12m claim involving a child pedestrian who was struck by a car and severely brain damaged. The claim settled at £6m.

Managed a £3m plus claim for indemnity regarding unpaid costs under aged legal expenses contract. Successfully achieved early strikeout with costs recovered.

Acting for a motor insurer in a £7m claim where an infant in a buggy was struck by the defendant's car whilst on a pedestrian crossing.

Acting on a foreign jurisdiction claim in excess of £40m following death of high net worth individual in a road traffic accident.

Managed a claim for £3m plus against a motor insurer. The claim was struck out completely with costs recovery.

Advised insurer signatories to the Serious Injury Guide, prior to commencement.