As part of our Spotlight On series to learn about the people behind the firm’s successes, we caught up with Richard Iddon – a costs team manager from Manchester.
Richard joined Thompsons in April 2022 and helps manage the costs team at the Manchester office. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs.
What is your specialism? Why?
I specialise in legal costs which means I make sure that the insurers to the liable party not only pay our clients proper compensation, but they also pay for our time and making sure they pay it. Believe you me, insurers fight at every stage and rather than give in to them, we fight back!
When I first started in law, I didn’t hold a particular passion for legal costs let alone truly understand it - but once I started working in this side of the industry I was hooked.
There are so many complex and technical aspects to my job and these are always evolving. There is never a dull day with the amount of technical disputes which arise.
What types of cases are you currently working on?
I work on a variety of cases ranging from fast-track cases where the insurers are in dispute with us, to complex serious injury or asbestos claims. Dealing with various types of cases has, I believe, allowed me to become a more rounded costs executive and manager.
What do you want to achieve over the next five years of your career?
Richard Iddon at home with his two dogs
I am relatively new to Thompsons Solicitors. As a manager, my aim is to assist in the success of the business and the development of my colleagues, so my focus over the next five years is to expand the experience of the costs team and continue to develop further professional relationships with clients and customers.
What do you enjoy most about working at Thompsons?
The people! There is an amazing team ethos and everyone has been so kind and helpful at this early stage of my Thompsons career. The staff work together extremely well together across the firm and every department is focused on achieving the best results for their clients.
Tell us something surprising about you that most people don’t know?
I have shared a boxing ring with a two-time cruiserweight world champion! It was only boxing training and certainly not at any professional level, but it still continues to surprise people when I mention it.