Inquest concludes lawyer took own life

The coroner at an inquest into the the death of a respected Carlisle lawyer has found he took his own life. Nicholas Richards was found dead at his home in Carlisle in August 2011. The inquest heard he had struggled with depression for sixteen years

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A coroner has said a respected Carlisle lawyer clearly killed himself at a time of immense anxiety and hopelessness.

Nicholas Richards, aged 50, was found hanging from a tree in his garden in August 2011.

A month earlier he had been discharged from an NHS clinic where he was being treated for severe anxiety depression. Mr Richards, who was a litigation specialist and partner at the Cartmell Shepherd law firm had battled with depression for 16 years.

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Inquest rules that respected Carlisle lawyer took own life

The coroner at an inquest into the the death of a respected Carlisle lawyer has found he took his own life.

Nicholas Richards was found dead at his home in Carlisle in August 2011. The inquest heard he had struggled with depression for 16 years.

Mr Richards, who was found hanged, worked as a litigation specialist and partner at Carlisle's Cartmell Shepherd law firm.

Coroner Robert Chapman said it was clear he killed himself at a time of immense anxiety and hopelessness.

Victoria Watson, a solicitor at Burnetts Solicitors has the following statement from Mr Richard's family:

'We offer our sincere condolences to Mr Richards' family. We have taken his death very seriously and immediately undertook an internal investigation. We have listened to what the Coroner has said and will review the findings in detail'.

– Statement from the Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust

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