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Richard LangtonPractice Group Leader, Group Litigation

Experience Profile

Richard is the Managing Principal Lawyer of the Slater & Gordon Birmingham office.

He is a past President, honourary life member, and Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and a Trustee of Headway West Midlands. He joined Slater & Gordon (previously Russell Jones & Walker) in 1984 and has over 30 years litigation experience acting only for claimants. Richard is a shortlisted Personal Injury Awards PI lawyer of the year 2010.

A wealth of experience in heavyweight personal injury work includes aviation and other travel disasters, group litigation and maximum severity and fatal injury claims. Has experience of litigation in America and Europe and works with other lawyers in such jurisdictions on a regular basis.

Notable Cases include:
- Daniels v Walker - Court of Appeal application of Human Rights Act to civil procedure.

- Lockerbie plane crash - advising families of victims in litigation against the airline, and subsequently the Libyan government.

- September 11th - pro bono advisor on US government compensation scheme for British families.

- Travel disasters include the Jupiter cruise liner sinking, Paddington and Colwich train crashes.
Group litigation experience includes Toxic Chinese sofas (lead solicitor to over 200 other firms) with some 5,000 victims recovering £20 million in damages from suppliers; Maclaren Buggies (lead solicitor) 100 small children suffered finger injuries including amputation from a faulty hinge mechanism; PIP Breast Implant litigation (steering committee) successfully negotiated compensation scheme with credit card companies to compensate over 500 women provided with defective implants. 
Cerys Edwards, a baby left brain damaged and ventilator dependent. Life-time award of up to £20 million damages. Coordinated the family's successful campaign to increase sentencing powers of judges when dangerous driving causes severe injury.
Harshed Sharma - record Criminal Injury Compensation award after racially motivated attack left Harry wheelchair bound, with profound brain damage, and blind.
Leanne E - £8.6 million award for schoolgirl knocked down on a zebra crossing leaving her brain damaged and in a wheelchair
Nikki B - £5.5 million award for a 17 year old pedestrian struck by a drunk driver who mounted the pavement. Left paralysed from the neck downwards.
Catherine F - undisclosed damages for British woman cyclist injured in Amsterdam who suffered leg amputation when run over by a coach. Damages assessed on Dutch basis in English court.
Other claims include fatal and severe injuries sustained in a police helicopter crash, microlight crashes, cycle and motorcycle injuries.
Richard has 'Outstanding knowledge and experience' according to the Legal 500, 2009 edition.
In 2011 The Legal 500 described Richard as someone who, ‘really knows his stuff.’ 
Chambers & Partners 2013 legal directory states that Key Individual and "Former Association of Personal Injury Lawyers president Richard Langton has an impressive national reputation due to his involvement in high-profile cases such as the Maclaren buggy group litigation, 'toxic sofa' litigation and various transport disaster claims. Defendant solicitors recognise him as someone "you can do business with and engage with."  Peers say he is "very effective" and "a pleasure to work with."
The Legal 500 2013 edition;"Richard Langton at Slater & Gordon Lawyers obtained a substantial settlement in the high-profile case of Cerys Edwards, who suffered very severe injuries when her parents’ car was struck by a car travelling at 70mph in a built-up area".
In Chambers & Partners 2014 Richard is ranked in Band 1 for Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant. "Richard Langton is a key Principal Lawyer and head of the firm's nationwide serious injury team. He is regularly instructed on especially high-value catastrophic work arising from RTAs, and in complex group litigation". Richard is also ranked Band 2 for Product Liability: Mainly Claimant "Richard Langton is the firm's head of product liability and maintains his strong national reputation, often taking the reins as the lead Principal Lawyer in transactions. He is well regarded by peers, who comment: "He has a good level of experience; he's very useful to have on your side."

He has dealt with numerous cases involving head and spinal injury as well as amputation claims. The need for total commitment to maximum rehabilitation and access to world class support for medical and care needs means he has a portfolio of experts ready to work with him and his clients to rebuild their lives. Proactive litigation if liability is disputed, early substantial interim payments and maximum damages are the objectives.

Reported Cases

Buggy manufacturer pays out to 40 injured children - Richard lead the group litigation of Maclaren buggies.

Sofa Victims to Receive Record Breaking Payout - Richard led the group litigation in this case.

Injured Toddler's Family Welcome Sentencing Change for Dangerous Drivers - Richard represented the family of a child who was severely injured following a road traffic accident which was not their fault.

West Midlands PC Widow Awarded £285,000 compensation - Richard represented Ms Hunt whose partner was killed whilst working on an undercover drugs operation.

Richard Langton Comments on the Cuts to Consumer Safety Quangos - Richard Langton has spoken about his concern that the impact of cutting certain quangos will have on consumer safety.

Richard Langton Calls for Safer Window Blinds Regulations Following Fatal Accident - Richard comments on the need for window blinds regulations after another British infant is killed.

Recent Testimonials for Richard Langton

“I do believe that the person in regard to this matter is what counted. The ability to listen and remain objective to the case; Richard had an understanding of my circumstances and belief which was justified in the end. Richard was the one constant during this time and his commitment was readily visible on each occasion. His positive, conscious approach and his passion for right to prevail - two words are hardly enough, Thank You.”


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