Richard Barcan

Richard was one of the founding partners of Barcan Woodward (now Barcan+Kirby). He has some 35 years’ experience in all aspects of clinical negligence, ranging from catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, including cerebral palsy and maternal birth injuries, through to fatal injury claims.

Richard has litigated claims at all levels up to the Court of Appeal and House of Lords, and was lead solicitor in the ‘Thompstone’ cases relating to the Indexation of Periodical Payments. This complex litigation established a template for protecting Periodical Payments of damages in high value cases from the effects of inflation, which has been applied in thousands of other cases ever since.

For many years, Richard was an active panel member of Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and continues as an Honorary member. He is ranked as a ‘Senior Statesman’ for clinical negligence in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.


  • Law (LL.B.) from the University of Liverpool
  • ‘The "excellent" Richard Barcan possesses a wealth of experience in clinical negligence claims and acts as a consultant in complex, high-value obstetric and spinal injury claims.’
    Chambers and Partners UK, 2019 Edition
  • "A strong team with a reputation for fantastic client care headed by the pre-eminent Richard Barcan."
    Chambers and Partners UK