Terry Wilcox

Manager, Public Inquiries & Senior Associate Solicitor


Our role provides an opportunity to make a difference. Often our work sees us supporting families who have lost a loved one in unexplained or suspicious circumstances. Our clients enter a world which is beyond their normal experience. It has always been my privilege to be trusted to represent them at those times and provide the answers they seek.

Get to Know Terry

Terry has worked in law since 1981, working for both claimants and defendants before specialising in Public Inquiries and Inquests. He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1986 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1997.

Terry was instructed in his first Public Inquiry in 1987 and is currently instructed in the Manchester Arena Bombing, Post Office IT Horizon and UK Covid-19 Inquiries.

He was one of the original solicitors instructed to represent families at the Second Hillsborough Inquests and supported our legal teams at inquests into the deaths of the four young men murdered by serial killer Stephen Port, and Jack Barnes of Hull, who died after being restrained by guards at a rail station.

He is motivated to find the truth following a tragedy as his brother was a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster. Terry’s cases are often covered by the national media and he has made numerous television and radio appearances to discuss the legal aspect of his cases.

Career Highlights

It is always difficult to select a case as the highlight of a career as I have been lucky enough to have so many, all for differing reasons.

For ceremonial and professional reasons, Knowles v Liverpool City Council was memorable as I was able to witness the inner workings of the Court of Appeal and The House of Lords.

For client care reasons, the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry has been memorable as the clients I have represented will forever be close to my heart, and part of my extended family.

However, I would always choose Hillsborough as the legal highlight. In more than 40 years in law, I have never witnessed such raw emotion as when the jury read out its verdict. To witness the families who fought so hard and for so long receive recognition in their fight for justice reduced many of the hardened lawyers to tears.

I, along with the other family lawyers received professional recognition for this work and was awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the year.

I always try to go above and beyond what a client expects. I was brought up in an inner city and as the youngest child of a Liverpool docker was taught to fight for the rights of the less fortunate. I try to fulfil this with every case that I come across.


Awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award following work on Hillsborough Second Inquest.

Nominated for Solicitor of the Year at the 2023 Manchester Legal Awards.

Legal 500 – Listed Lawyer

Terry is sensible, very client-focused and professional. He is very focused on ensuring clients get proper advice and listens to them and how they would like to get there. – Chambers and Partners 2023

He is fabulous – so helpful and knowledgeable. – Chambers and Partners 2023

Terry Wilcox is a standout solicitor. He runs a tight ship, supports his team of solicitors, trainees and caseworkers and gets the best out of them. He is excellent with clients. – Legal 500 2023

Giving More

I am a keen runner and mountain climber and have completed the Snowdon marathon 19 times mostly for the charities Breast Cancer Care and MND. I have also completed the Welsh 14 Peak Challenge 11 times mostly for personal reasons but also for the Charity Zoe’s Place a charity that provides care for terminally ill children. I’ve also helped Hudgells raise £100,000 for the Martin’s Mountain charity.

My advice and articles

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Groups give Covid-19 Public Inquiry evidence of vaccine illness and lost lives

Three groups representing hundreds of people who suffered ill health – and families who lost loved ones after having Covid-19 vaccinations – have been granted status to give evidence at the Covid-19 Public Inquiry examining the UK’s response to and impact of the pandemic. UKCVFamily, Vaccine Injured Bereaved UK (VIBUK) and the Scottish Vaccine Injury […]

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Focus must now be on helping Manchester Arena bombing victims to ‘live their best possible lives’ after ‘unimaginable suffering’

Lawyers representing victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing say their focus is now on ensuring they are helped to ‘live their best possible lives’ and are ‘fully compensated for the ‘unimaginable suffering’ they’ve endured’. Hudgell Solicitors represent more than 150 survivors of the attack and families who lost loved ones, they say that after […]

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Why we’re so proud to support survivors who suffered physical and psychological injuries at the Manchester Arena Bombing

In our work at Hudgell Solicitors we have been privileged to stand at the side of families who lost loved ones in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing and to represent their interests at the ongoing Public Inquiry. Our legal team has been immersed in the detail of how this barbaric attack was ever able to […]

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UK Covid-19 Inquiry begins as chair announces staged approach to investigating and reporting on key issues

Today’s launch of the UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry by chair Heather Hallett marks the start of what is likely to become one of the most wide-ranging statutory investigations our country has ever seen. And so it should be. As Lady Hallett outlined today, Covid-19 was utterly devastating. Since March 9th 2020, more than 180,000 deaths […]

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Post Office Scandal: Inquiry chairman to consider cases of former sub-postmasters who could fall through compensation ‘loophole’

A former sub-postmaster has spoken of her fears that she and others could miss out on receiving the compensation they deserve as victims of the Post Office Horizon scandal. Tracey Merritt, 54, who ran a branch in Yetminster, Dorset, found herself charged over a £13,500 shortfall in her branch accounts in 2009 and was publicly […]

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Manchester Arena Inquiry: Lawyers call for prosecutions in relation to ‘serious shortcomings’ in security

The Manchester Arena Inquiry has today released the first volume of its report into the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing which killed 22 people in which Chairman Sir John Saunders concludes there were a series of “serious shortcomings” in security measures. The retired High Court judge said: “The security arrangements for the Manchester Arena should have […]

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Manchester Arena Inquiry findings: ‘Philip and everybody else that night was placed at risk’

Following the publication of the first volume of findings into the Manchester Arena Inquiry today by Chairman Sir John Saunders, June Tron, mother of Philip, 32, from Gateshead, who died in the bombing attack, said: “Every life taken in this horrendous attack has destroyed the lives of those close to them, and like the many […]

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Public inquiry will see Government’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic rightly placed under full scrutiny

Despite the debate over its scheduled start next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of an independent public inquiry into the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is one to be welcomed. There has been some criticism of the proposed start date of next spring and the potential political motives given the inquiry could go […]

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Legal team raises concerns over ‘obsessively secretive’ approach to security services evidence at Manchester Arena Inquiry

A legal team representing the families of seven people killed in the Manchester Arena bombing has expressed ‘grave misgivings’ over ‘obsessive secrecy’ surrounding the security services section of evidence at the ongoing Public Inquiry. Pete Weatherby QC, who is instructed by Hudgell Solicitors and is acting on behalf of the families of Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, […]

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Manchester Arena Inquiry: ‘No stone left unturned’ in process to ‘establish truth’

Solicitor Terry Wilcox, of Hudgell Solicitors, is representing the families of two people killed in the Manchester Arena bombing at the ongoing Public Inquiry. The Manchester Arena Inquiry will leave ‘no stone unturned’ in seeking to ‘establish the truth’ about the bombing which claimed 22 lives in May 2017. Speaking at the first morning of […]

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Government must be challenged on ‘reckless and negligent policy’ which saw 25,000 hospital patients sent into care homes without Covid-19 tests

Discharging elderly patients back into social care during the coronavirus outbreak – without first testing them for symptoms – was ‘an appalling error’. That is the view of the Public Accounts Committee, a cross-party group which holds the Government and its civil servants to account for the delivery of public services. In a highly critical […]

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