Every day I get to do something I am passionate about and hopefully to make a difference to people at a time when their lives have been turned upside down
Get to know Richard
I've been practising law since 1998 and specialise in serious and catastrophic injury claims involving victims with traumatic brain injuries (often involving significant capacity issues), fatal accident claims and cases involving amputation. I often recover sums in excess of seven figures either by way of lump sum or periodical payments. I have been with Slater and Gordon since 2013, heading up the Cambridge office.
I have a niche interest in those who’ve suffered serious injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, including cycling accidents, and have extensive experience in claims involving traumatic brain injury, amputations and multiple orthopaedic injuries.
Prior to training to be a solicitor, I spent 10 years in the armed forces so I have a particular understanding of the complexities when dealing with military accident claims. I am also a keen cyclist and a member of and a regular contributor to Cycle Magazine and enjoy dealing with the cycling fraternity.
Richard Gaffney is adept at handling catastrophic injury cases, including those related to amputations and brain injuries. An interviewee praises him as "highly professional, knowledgeable and caring. Testimonial from Chambers and Partners (for Richard Gaffney)
I felt that I was extremely well advised and represented throughout the process. Richard was a charming, knowledgeable and calming influence, and I always knew that I was in a very safe pair of hands. I would highly recommend his services without any hesitation. Client testimonial (for Richard Gaffney)
We would like to thank you for your expertise, guidance and personal care. We shall not miss the stress involved in reaching this settlement but we will miss the regular friendly interactions! We are very grateful to you. Client testimonial (for Richard Gaffney)
It's difficult to pick out particular highlights as I take great pleasure in every successful outcome. However, I have taken a number of cases to the Court of Appeal where liability has been contentious and come away with a hard-fought victory.
Recently, I have represented a client who suffered a brain injury after being involved in a , as a passenger, where the driver of the lost control of the car, crossed the carriageway into oncoming traffic. I was able to secure my client to cover treatment costs while the case was ongoing. We were able to secure a significant settlement for the client to aid with their rehabilitation and treatment.
I’ve been highly recommended in independent legal guides, and for many years. The most recent, edition of the Legal 500 regards me as a ‘Leading Individual’ and states in a testimonial: "The process was difficult and confusing but Richard supported me fully, he clearly explained the process. Richard was patient and caring while also explaining the situation, pitfalls and possible outcomes."
The 2022 edition of Chambers and Partners ranks me highly as a Band 2 lawyer and states: “Richard Gaffney regularly advises on catastrophic injury cases, as well as those involving amputations and brain injuries. Richard Gaffney is a very competent and thorough lawyer."
The extra mile
I am active within Slater and Gordon in lobbying for the interests of cyclists and cycling accident victims and have published several articles on our website as well as guest authored articles for cycling organisations including
Serious injuries such as head, spinal or amputation injuries can have a pronounced effect on your life and that of your loved ones. Such catastrophic injuries require a specialist solicitor that can help you secure the compensation to look after your future needs and any rehabilitation required.