We are regularly instructed on Solicitor and Own Client disputes.
From advising on compliance issues under the Solicitors Code of Conduct to preparing interim/final invoicing on behalf of the Solicitor to the client (commercial as well as lay clients) we can assist.
We have extensive experience in Solicitors Act 1974 disputes, from preparing detailed breakdowns in support to advising on the Solicitors Code of Conduct and dealing with the Detailed Assessment procedure.
We have extensive experience in preparing Very High Costs Case Plans in family, care and multi party actions.
We regularly negotiate with the Legal Aid Agency and agree staged Case Plans. In addition we complete the LAA Claim 1 forms for costs to date and completed stages.
Through our knowledge and expertise many of our clients have seen a significant increase in their allowable fees in this area of their work, in some cases by as much as 20%.
Our fully accredited training providers can provide consultancy, training and individually tailored seminars on the latest developments and changes to costs and funding.
Each course is individually tailored to meet your exact needs and is designed to cover the latest issues concerning costs and funding and the impact they will have in practice, together with guidance on how to adopt successful and profitable working methods in the ever changing rules, case law and file management to assist in maximising profitability.
Need help with a Detailed Assessment hearing?
We routinely attend as advocates upon Detailed Assessment Hearings and can provide representation in the County Court, High Court or at the Senior Court Costs Office.
Whether you are receiving costs or act on behalf of the paying party the importance of appropriately experienced and properly prepared representation cannot be over emphasised.
Our team of experienced advocates maintain the highest standards of advocacy and enjoy an excellent reputation in the Senior Court Costs Office and various County Courts
We provide comprehensive advice on all aspects relating to costs issues. Whether you require advice as to a costs capping order or parameters for settlement we can assist.
Further, as a firm of Solicitors, we can conduct the entire legal process from drafting the claim for costs, to negotiations and finally, as advocates, through to a final hearing and ultimately to a successful conclusion.
Costs budgeting is now compulsory for most multi track cases issued after 1st April 2013. We are strong believers in preparing comprehensive costs budgets which can be either agreed or approved by the Court with as little inconvenience to you as possible.
We can attend CCMCs on your behalf and deal with not only the costs budgeting aspects but also the directions. Our, Rob Carter, a Solicitor with over 20 years advocacy experience is well versed in attending CCMCs. Like Counsel we charge a fixed fee for attending CCMCs and you will find us to be a costs effective solution.
We have considerable experience in this area (including advising on the opponent’s budget) and strongly recommend that any budget be prepared by a costs specialist or, at very least, in consultation with one.
Do you need a claim for costs prepared?
We have extensive experience in all types of Bill preparation including:
- Multi Track/Catastrophic personal injury claims
- Clinical negligence claims – both private and publicly funded
- Professional negligence claims
- Multi Party claims
- Commercial litigation
- Court of Appeal claims
- Supreme Court claims
- Legal Aid family and care claims for Detailed Assessment
- Completion of LAA CLAIM1 and 1A forms
- Solicitor and own client detailed bills
- Court of Protection claims
- Group Litigation Orders claims
- Breakdowns to support:
Do you need a Bill prepared urgently?
There can be numerous reasons which lead to urgency as far as Bill preparation is concerned; Court deadlines, time for commencement of Detailed Assessment proceedings, imminent hearings, Allocation Questionnaires, Listing Questionnaires etc.
Whatever your circumstances we have an extensive team of draftsmen experienced in the preparation of all types of Bills of Costs.
Whether you require our draftsmen to work in your premises or whether the files can be sent to our offices we are able to respond to your request for urgent assistance.
Notwithstanding the urgency of the matter, you will still receive the same high level of attention to detail and standard of presentation.
For your convenience we will also complete the forms required to commence the assessment proceedings.
Have you been served with a Bill of Costs and have no representation? If so we can represent you and advise you as to what you should reasonably pay.
Have you won your claim on a “no win no fee” funding arrangement and your Solicitors are now charging you a success percentage fee and/or are seeking a contribution to the shortfall in costs not recovered from the paying party? If so your Solicitor may be charging too much or charging you costs which are not reasonable for you to pay.
As Solicitors specilaising in Legal Costs we offer different funding options to support your claim; to include a 30 minute free initial consultation with no obligation.
Do you need advice to challenge a Bill of Costs?
Prompt attention is crucial with strict time frames to comply with.
The paying party has 21 days from the date of service of the Bill in which to serve its Points of Dispute.
The consequence of failing to meet this deadline is Judgment (Default Costs Certificate) in favour of the receiving party for the full amount of the claim.
Our proactive approach will ensure your client’s position is protected and it is imperative to seek the appropriate advice and assistance as soon as you are served with the Notice of Commencement / Bill of Costs.
We have the relevant experience to settle Points of Dispute, Replies and as Solicitors can conduct the assessment process from commencement to conclusion.