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Ricardo Bassani



Formerly of RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Ricardo is a Partner in our health sector team. He specialises in the defence of clinical negligence claims in all areas of general, hospital and dental practice.

Ricardo’s casework often involves serious injuries, and he has a particular interest and technical skill in advising on orthopaedic, neurological and catastrophic injuries.

Ricardo is a highly proficient litigator representing clinicians at professional conduct hearings and inquests including, proceedings in the High Court, Crown Court and the Court of Appeal. Ricardo is also experienced in handling clinical negligence actions in foreign jurisdictions.

He regularly lectures and delivers training to clinicians and experts on medico-legal issues.

Reported cases

Many of Ricardo’s cases have been reported:

  • Brady v Sunderland Football Club [1998]
    Defence of a radiologist in a claim for loss of a career as a professional footballer
  • Crowe v Camden & Islington Health Authority [1998]
    Defeat of claim against a neurosurgeon for spinal damage sustained after fall from horse
  • Cooper v Hyman [2000]
    Delayed diagnosis of meningioma
  • Mold v Hayton [2000]
    Successful appeal pursuant to s.33 Limitation Act 1980
  • Bensusan v Freedman [2001]
    First test of use of Conditional Fee Agreements in a clinical negligence case
  • Panther v Wharton [2002]
    Test of successive omissions of primary and secondary carers and the principle of novusactusinterveniens
  • Makinson v Ferguson [2003]
    Challenge to group use of CFAs in dental negligence action
  • Oral Contraceptive Pill Group Litigation
    Defence of GPs
  • Darley-Jones v Ling [2003]
    Brain damage caused by hypoxia/anaphylactic reaction
  • Loft v Glatt [2003]
    Successful defence of medical director against claim by IVF patient who fell pregnant by husband with Huntington’s Chorea
  • Watkins v Timms [2003]
    Brain damage caused by delayed diagnosis of subdural emphysema
  • Pdahtzur v Bowden House [2004]
    Successful defence of allegations of a consultant’s mismanagement of a suicidal patient


  • Suicide of inmate at HMP Whitemoor (High Security Wing) [1998]
  • Death of an air stewardess in Africa. Role played by anti-smoking drug, Zyban [2001]
  • Death of a baby following anaphylactic reaction to milk [2003]


Represented practitioners against charges involving:

  • Running a slimming clinic [1996]
  • Causing death by rapid opiate detoxification [2001]
  • Use of research funds to subsidise private practice [2002]

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