Erica Bedford

Litigation Funding & Costs


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Harry Young
Tom Gornall

Litigation Funding & Costs

Significant Cases

Finglands Coachways Ltd v Sebastian O’Hare [2014] EWHC 1513 (QB)

Represented the Appellant before Mr Justice Cranston concerning the correct approach to the application of proportionality in detailed assessment.

Oliver Havenga (a child suing by his Litigation Friend and Mother Julie Havenga) v Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWHC B25 (QB)

Successfully representing the Respondent in an Appeal addressing the correct approach of the Appeal court following a budgeting hearing. 

Gareth Hahn v NHS England (2015) LTL 24/09/2015

Successfully representing the Respondent in an Appeal before HHJ Wood QC addressing whether the Court could adopt a broad-brush approach to the quantification of an ATE premium. 

Simon Shirtcliffe v Sandra Elizabeth Baker (2013) LTL 4/4/2013

Interpretation of the RTA Protocol in respect of the time for payment following settlement of damages. 

Kevin Johnson v Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and (2015) (Unreported)

Lead by Alexander Hutton QC before RCJ Besford in an action concerning 63 linked cases and the question of the costs of detailed assessment following issues of conduct. 



"A skilled advocate who is professional in her manner and convincing both in her presentation to the court and in her advice to the firm." "She is a strong advocate and a pleasure to work with."

Chambers UK


Following transfer to the Bar from the Roll, Erica has built a thriving cost practice with emphasis on costs arising from clinical negligence claims, personal injury claims and commercial litigation. Her practical, commercial awareness coupled with a down to earth and personable approach is highly valued by clients.

Erica regularly appears before Regional Cost Judges and in the SCCO.   She is fast developing a busy appellant practice and is frequently instructed on appeal up to High Court level.

Whilst able to handle the full range of costs matters, she has particular specialism in the application of the various ‘Distance Selling Regulations’; ATE issues; arguments arising out of the fixed cost regimes; claims involving ‘broken retainers’; issues concerning the indemnity principle and procedural points of law. Additionally, she is retained by the NHSLA on ongoing matters involving misconduct under CPR44.11 for allegations of dishonesty within detailed assessment proceedings.   

She appears in CCMCs where costs are a particular concern and where interpretation of the new budgeting regime is required.

Her non-contentious drafting and advisory work augments her contentious practice.  She is developing a solicitor and own client practice.

She is a qualified Cost Lawyer and Mediator.

Year of Call: 2012

Areas of Expertise

North Eastern Circuit

Association of Cost Lawyers


University of Leeds (LLB) 2003

Admitted to the Roll (2010)

Cost Lawyer (2011)

Dual Higher Rights of Audience (2011)

Mediator (2015)



Chambers UK 2018

"Erica is always willing to go that extra mile for her clients. She is a bright advocate and always a pleasure to deal with."

Chambers UK 2017

"A skilled advocate who is professional in her manner and convincing both in her presentation to the court and in her advice to the firm." "She is a strong advocate and a pleasure to work with."

Chambers UK 2016

"Her knowledge of the CPR and case law is second to none and her application of case law to the problem in question is impressive. She is a formidable advocate, with lightning fast recall of case law and a rare ability to interpret the CPR."

"Erica has a strong work ethic, a personable approach and the ability to provide astute advice on a variety of issues."

Chambers UK 2015

“She’s got experience beyond her year of call.  You get a lot more than you paid for, and she also gives the impression that she will work her hind legs off for you” 

“She’s incredibly well prepared, very willing to help and excellent on her feet.  She argues your corner until she’s blue in the face” 


Chambers UK Logo 2016



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