Richard Coleman


Amputation | Bariatric claims | Birth Injury | Brain Injury | Injury | Medical negligence | Spinal Injury

About Richard

Richard, a partner at RWK Goodman, has specialised in clinical negligence claims on behalf of claimants since 1997. Although based in our Oxford office, he works with clients across the country.

Richard is accredited under the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme and sits on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel. He is also one of the national brain injury charity Headway’s approved personal injury solicitors, and holds Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Sources in Chambers & Partners UK emphasise that Richard “is very good at negotiating settlements in difficult cases” and “doesn’t lose sight of the human aspect of it all“, while also recognising him as a “Leader in his field“. The Legal 500 UK has also described Richard as an “astute strategist” who provides “tremendously sensitive client care“.

Richard has given lectures on clinical negligence law and has been interviewed on local radio as well as TV.

Richard’s particular specialisms are:

  • cerebral palsy and birth injury claims, including Erb’s palsy
  • spinal injury claims involving paralysis
  • bariatric (weight loss) surgery claims
  • vascular claims and amputation
  • adult brain injury claims
  • fatal claims
  • cardiology claims

"Clients recommend 'shrewd tactician and tough negotiator' Richard Coleman" according to the Legal 500 UK. He has also been described as "a tenacious and capable litigator in birth injury claims who will uncover all angles to explore attaining the best outcome for his client and does so unerringly."


  • Present Treasurer, Oxford Medico-Legal Society
  • Committee member, Bucks, Berks and Oxon Incorporated Law Society

Learn more about Richard's areas of expertise

Weight loss surgery claims
Weight loss surgery (or bariatric surgery) is a major event that will change your life. Unfortunately, things can go wrong and if your operation has not been a success, you might want to seek compensation to get the support you need. If so, we can help.
Cardiac negligence claims
If you, or your loved ones, have experienced cardiac negligence it is vital you have the best help and support on your side.
Birth injury claims
Our specialist team of solicitors work hard to achieve justice and recompense when you or those close to you have suffered serious injuries, before or during birth, or in the first few days and weeks of your child’s life.
Doctor indicates brain injury on brain scans
Brain injury claims
The emotional turmoil and distress following a brain injury to a loved one is felt by not only the injured person but also wider family and friends. So if you’re considering a brain injury compensation claim, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary support and advice from an expert team of solicitors who understand what you might be going through.
Fatal injury claims
If you’ve lost a loved one it will undoubtedly be a very distressing time for you and your family. This is especially the case if you believe the death occurred as a result of an accident or due to substandard care.
Woman who has experienced spinal cord injury sits outside in wheelchair with laptop
Spinal injury claims
However you came by your spinal injury, our specialist injury solicitors can help you get the compensation you deserve. As dedicated spinal cord injury claims solicitors, we can advise you on securing compensation which will help with your immediate and long term needs.