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This profile submitted by Richard Barcan

Practice Areas

Clinical negligence specialist with over 30 years experience and founding partner of Barcan Woodward (now Barcan+Kirby). Richard's cases range from catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, including cerebral palsy and maternal birth injuries, through to fatal injury claims, however he has vast experience of most other types of clinical negligence claims. Richard acted for the claimant in RH v University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, a 2008 landmark test case relating to the indexation of Periodical Payments and became lead solicitor when this and others in the Thompstone group of cases reached the Court of Appeal and House of Lords.

Professional Memberships

Solicitor (1979), long time AvMA Panel Member.


University of Liverpool (LLB 1973) and College of Law, Chester.


Lives in Bristol. Wedded to Helen and all things cycling.