Richard Harries

Richard joined Barcan Woodward (now Barcan+Kirby) in 2003. He became a Partner in 2008 and heads up our Medical Negligence and Personal Injury teams.

Richard has over 22 years’ experience and works on all types of medical negligence cases, including delayed cancer diagnosis, maximum severity birth injuries and GP, surgical and A&E negligence.

He is a member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and is band 1 ranked and recognised by the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession for his ability in complex cases.

Richard is described in Chambers and Partners UK 2024 as a ‘highly respected clinical negligence lawyer who possesses considerable experience in birth injury cases’. One testimonial states, “Richard Harries is a highly skilled clinical negligence lawyer; he is empathetic and meticulously prepared.”

Richard is also recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Legal 500 UK 2024 and cited as “One of the best in the business.”


  • Law (LL.B.) from Aberystwyth University


  • “Richard Harries is incredibly empathetic and a very able solicitor.”
    Chambers and Partners 2023
  • “Richard Harries is very sharp and on the ball.”
    Chambers and Partners 2023
  • “Richard is a very good lawyer: extremely experienced and tactically astute, which makes him the first port of call.”
    Chambers and Partners 2023
  • "Richard Harries is one of the best in the business."
    Legal 500 UK 2023
  • "Richard Harries is an excellent clinical negligence practitioner. He is intelligent, considered, thorough, personable and empathetic."
    Legal 500 UK 2023