Mr Richard Wilcock > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

Work Department

Costs; Commerical; Personal Injury


After a 20 year successful career in civil & commercial litigation, Richard came to the bar in 2012 and joined Exchange Chambers in 2017.

Commercial Litigation

His practice covers all aspects of commercial litigation work including contractual disputes, sales of goods, consumer credit, insolvency, professional negligence, banking & asset recovery, insurance disputes and director disqualification.

He has particular expertise in motor insurance disputes including the long standing challenge between motor insurers and credit hire organisations. He has advised and acted for all of the major credit hire company heavyweights on matters of policy and litigation procedure & practice. He is also regularly instructed by motor insurers to defend claims for credit hire, especially when an element of exaggeration or fraud is suspected.

Costs & Litigation Funding

Since joining the bar, Richard has developed a successful and extensive costs practice. Having spent in excess of 20 years in a solicitor’s environment, he is well placed to understand the commercial needs of solicitors in relation to all legal costs & litigation funding issues.

He regularly advises solicitors and costs draftsman on all aspects of costs, including funding, recoverability of additional liabilities, retainers, cost budgeting, security for costs and solicitor & client assessments. Richard is retained counsel for NHS Resolution and regularly represents them and the MDU in the County & High Court (SCCO) and appellate courts dealing with high value costs arising out of clinical negligence claims.

Richard has represented the NHS in a number of high profile cases including an examination of the relationship between cost budgeting and detailed assessment and the application of the ‘recoverability of costs insurance premiums in clinical negligence proceedings (No 2) Regulations 2013’.


Solicitor; Called to the Bar 2012


  • Northern Circuit
  • Inner Temple


  • University of London – Bachelor of Laws (external)
  • Open University – LLB (Hons)
  • De Montford University MSc Accounting & Finance
  • BPP Law School – BPTC


Outside of work Stephen plays the trumpet, cycles and watches Preston North End.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Costs

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard WilcockExchange ChambersHis submissions are articulate and detailed.

Exchange Chambers is home to costs specialist Richard Wilcock, who is particularly notable for his work on behalf of the NHS in costs matters. One notable recent case is Nicolaou v Cass, in which Wilcock represented the paying party in a challenge to a two-stage after-the-event insurance premium.