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Banks, Richard

Costs Lawyer



Office address

Bentfield Place
Bentfield Road
CM24 8HL

DD: 01279 715666
DX: 50405 Bishop's Stortford


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Serious Injury.

Role & Responsibilities

Richard left school at sixteen to work as a Solicitor’s Clerk for a firm of Solicitors in Bishop’s Stortford. 2½ years later in January 1985 he joined Kain Knight as a Trainee Draftsman and now enters his fourth decade in the profession and is the longest serving member of the Kain Knight Group.

Richard qualified as a Costs Lawyer with rights of audience in 2007 and is an accredited CLSB (Costs Lawyers Standards Board) Trainer providing training to colleagues and clients. Richard is also a Director of Kain Knight. His specialism is drafting Bills, particularly high-value personal injury and clinical negligence matters, although he is also adept as dealing with adverse costs and negotiations. Essentially Richard is a Law Costs Specialist in every sense of the word.

Richard is part of the Kain Knight Training and Knowledge Committee. He is in part responsible for the ongoing training of Kain Knight Draftsmen and Costs Lawyers and has trained many who have moved onto other firms and with their own practices.

Along with his colleague, John Ivory, Richard has direct responsibility for a team of fifteen Costs Draftsmen and Costs Lawyers. Richard has previously managed other offices in the Kain Knight Group.

Richard is extremely well respected both by his colleagues and the profession alike. He counts amongst his clients major City firms as well as provincial Solicitors who he has enjoyed working relationships with for nearly thirty years.

Notable Cases

Richard has worked on many high-profile reported cases to include:

  • Miller v. Miller [2005] EWCA Civ 984
  • Crossley v. Crossley [2007] EWCA Civ 19491
  • Burton v. Cranfield Delta Whiskey Ltd, SCCO Ref: JR 1305032.

Education & Qualifications

Association of Cost Lawyers.


Outside of work Richard is married to Sarah with three children, Sophie (19), Erica (11) and Jimmy (5). He is Chair of his son’s school’s Parent Teachers Association, a responsibility he enjoys immensely. Before injuries took their toll he participated in sports to include football and cricket and continues to enjoy a round of golf now and again. He spends his Saturday afternoons watching his local team, Sawston Rovers FC, and less frequently Leeds United.



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