Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen

costs lawyersAt Elite Law, our dedicated team of Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen aim to deliver an unrivalled service to our clients in all aspects of legal costs.

There are over 10,000 firms of Solicitors in the UK and we are one of the few who specialise in legal costs. Upon creation, Elite Law Solicitors incorporated HM Law Costs Draftsmen which was founded in 1990 by our two Senior Partners, Stephen Howey and John Mistri, both of whom are highly regarded Costs Lawyers.

As a firm of Solicitors we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and we have a deeper understanding of what is required to ensure your firm remains profitable – timing and cashflow are imperative.

We are one of the country’s longest established firms that specialise in legal costs and we pride ourselves on delivering an efficient and bespoke service with a particular focus on client retention.

For almost three decades, our professional and experienced team of Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen have been providing a fully comprehensive legal costs service to clients ranging from leading national firms to small high street practices.

We pride ourselves on establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with our clients, many of whom we have acted on behalf of for over 20 years.  This has been made possible by our dedication and commitment to first understanding the needs of clients, and then delivering optimal results that continually exceed their expectations.

Whether you need a Bill of Costs prepared, need advice on settlement parameters or need an experienced advocate to attend a Detailed Assessment hearing, get in touch with one of our experienced Costs Lawyers by calling 0800 086 2929, emailing or completing our Free Online Enquiry Form.

Why Choose Us As Your Costs Lawyers?

  • Our experienced Costs Lawyers are experts and maximising costs recovery, often increasing our clients’ profitability by as much as 25%
  • As a firm we implement advanced and cutting edge technology to manage and progress matters expeditiously while maintaining a personalised and bespoke service for each and every instruction received
  • Our Case Management System enables us to electronically import your files, thereby streamlining the costs process and ensuring you do not have to part with your files of papers while we provide you with a seamless and complete service
  • If you are instructing us as a Receiving Party, the work will be undertaken on a “costs neutral” basis
  • We are one of the longest established legal costs firms in the country – our origins can be traced back to 1990
  • We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • We have a wealth of experience in all aspects of legal costs – we are specialists in both disputing and recovering costs
  • Your matter will be personally handled by an experienced Costs Lawyer or Costs Draftsman
  • We have a transparent and competitive fee structure and there are no hidden fees involved
  • We pride ourselves on our swift turnaround times and can expedite urgent matters where necessary
  • As a firm of Solicitors we operate both client and office accounts
  • We have indemnity insurance of £3,000,000

costs lawyersHow Our Expert Costs Lawyers Can Help

At Elite Law Solicitors, we offer a dedicated and specialist legal costs services to both organisations and individuals through out the UK.  Our client base ranges from small high street law firms to national Legal 500 establishments.

Our experienced team of Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen provide expert advice across the whole spectrum of legal costs including:


Whether you need representation at a Detailed Assessment hearing, a Costs Case Management Conference or a Solicitor and Client assessment, our experienced advocates can assist.  Our team of dedicated advocates are all qualified Costs Lawyers with rights of audience and are regulated by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)Read More

Bills of Costs

Our team of experienced Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen are well versed in the preparation of Bills of Costs in all types of matters, both in traditional format and the electronic Precedent S format.  Whether you require a Bill of Costs to be prepared for a modest family law matter or a high value and complex commercial litigation claim, our team Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen are able to assist – Read More

Costs Budgeting and Management

Our team have been servicing an array of clients in this area of legal costs since its inception in 2013. We are able to provide a quick turnaround and can offer a bespoke package to ensure that our clients are receiving the tailored service they require. Urgent requests can be accommodated and our team are always at hand to expedite matters where necessary – Read More

Costs Negotiations and Advice

Negotiating legal costs is a subtle skill that can often take years of experience to develop. We have an experienced team of legal costs negotiators who have honed their skills over a number years. We undertake negotiations on behalf of both Paying and Receiving Parties and provide tailored advice to clients based on comprehensive, item by item risk assessments – Read More

Court of Protection matters

Our team of knowledgeable Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen have extensive experience in carrying out Court of Protection work for Solicitors across country, including the preparation of both short form bills and detailed bills of costs in respect of the appointment of a Deputy and general management work – Read More

Group Litigation

Costs budgeting can give rise to particular difficulties in Group Litigation claims given the potential size and complexity of such actions and the difficulty of foreseeing how they may progress. We have represented clients in some of the most prominent Group Litigation matters of recent times including the long running Group Litigation of Bates v Post Office Ltd which settled in late 2019 – Read More

Legal Aid

We are one of the few remaining firms that continue to place significant importance on offering legal costs services to legal aid Solicitors across the country. We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen that are specifically tasked to deal with legal aid matters and are dedicated to providing a full costing service covering all aspects of legal aid – Read More

Points of Dispute

We have a skilled and experienced team of Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen who routinely analyse and critique the technical aspects of Bills of Costs, whilst relying on the relevant regulations and recent authorities to limit the client’s costs liability – Read More

Replies to Points of Dispute

We can prepare comprehensive, concise and most importantly, compliant Replies to Points of Dispute relying on both recent and established authorities to rebut the objections raised by a Paying Party. In addition to the Replies, you will receive advice on any tactical issues (such as Part 36 or Calderbank offers to make) as well as realistic parameters for settlementRead More

Solicitor and Client Disputes

Our team of Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen are experienced in dealing with acrimonious and contentious Solicitor and Client matters, either negotiating an amicable agreement between the parties or providing representation in Solicitors Act proceedings.  Whichever approach is required, we maintain a focus on resolving the issues in dispute in the most economic and efficient manner – Read More

Get In Touch With Our Costs Lawyers

All initial enquiries are completely free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call us. Call 0800 086 2929, email or complete our Free Online Enquiry Form to arrange a free, no-obligation discussion with one of our experienced Costs Lawyers.

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    John Mistri

    Senior Partner, Costs
    Lawyer & Mediator
    Legal Costs

    Our clients have described John’s approach as being clear and pragmatic. He was described as being a valuable asset whilst working on the long running Bates v Post Office Ltd Group Litigation which settled in late 2019.

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