Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen

costs lawyersAre you looking for experienced Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen to handle your legal costs issues?

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 1992 by our two Senior Partners, Stephen Howey and John Mistri, both of whom are highly regarded Costs Lawyers.

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.

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.

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.

How Our Expert Costs Lawyers Can Help

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 settlement.

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.

All initial enquiries are completely free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call us. We will provide you with a price quotation and a choice of funding methods so get in touch today to speak to one of our legal costs experts.

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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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