Richard Powell


Personal Injury


Richard is the joint head of the Personal Injury department, and a partner of JMW.

He first joined the firm in 1991 as a trainee, having graduated with a law degree from Nottingham University, and thereafter studying at Chester College of Law. He qualified as a Solicitor with the firm in 1993 and specialised in personal injury work from the outset. He moved to another local firm, Betesh Fox and Co., in 1995 where he worked until 1999, progressing to the role of Associate there, further developing his experience of injury claims. In 1999, Richard returned to JMW and in 2002 he was appointed as a partner in the firm. In 2005 he progressed to take a position on the Board.

After many years handling injury claims, Richard now focuses on the day to day management of the department, dealing with business development, quality control and supervision, recruitment and financial management. The general aim is to keep JMW at the forefront of the personal injury market, providing the very best quality service to our clients.

Away from the office, Richard spends time hacking clumsily around the country’s golf courses, keeping fit in the gym, running and cycling.

Tel: 0161 828 1894


Head of department


Complex injury claims

Road traffic accident claims, especially motorcycle accidents

Accidents at work


Business development

JMW Is...


Makes me


Why did you join JMW?

When I first joined JMW as a trainee, I could see that it was a firm where staff were encouraged to get involved, take responsibility and to be allowed to develop and fulfil potential. I was given tremendous opportunities to get involved in cases and to build my experience. It is very important to me to see that even though the firm has changed so much since I joined, the principle remains that junior staff will be allowed to learn and develop.

Key cases

Mr S of West Yorkshire – claim settled for £700,000 following motorcycle accident resulting in lower limb amputation and multiple fractures.

Mr J of Co Durham – claim settled for £550,000, a motorcycle accident claim that resulted in brachial plexus injury causing permanent loss of function to dominant arm, plus multiple fractures, to former competitive cyclist.

Mr W of Derbyshire, settled for £130,000 following severe dislocation fracture to right elbow in motorcycle accident resulting in significant disability.

Who would you...

Share a pint with:

I'd like to have a pint with Tim Minchin, Derren Brown and Karl Pilkington.  I think the four of us would have a great night!  

Have cook for you:

Nigella Lawson would be more than welcome to spend time cooking for me. 

Stay in with:

I'd spend the night in with Scarlett Johanssen.     

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