John Mistri

Senior Partner, Costs Lawyer & Accredited Mediator
Legal Costs
Office: Amersham

Areas of Expertise

  • Bills of Costs
  • Costs Case Management Conferences
  • Civil and Commercial Mediation
  • Costs Application Hearings
  • Costs Budgeting and Management
  • Costs Negotiations and Advice
  • Costs Training and Seminars
  • Court of Protection
  • Detailed Assessment Hearings
  • Group Litigation
  • Points of Dispute
  • Replies to Points of Dispute
  • Solicitor and Own Client


John is a founding Partner of Elite Law Solicitors and is a specialist costs advocate. He deals with complex high value litigation with a particular interest in Solicitor and Client disputes. He possesses extensive experience of attending Costs Case Management Conferences and Detailed Assessment Hearings at the Senior Court Costs Office and regional County Courts across the country.

John has been involved with numerous high-profile, media sensitive group litigation claims, provided expert evidence in security for costs applications and technical support with commercial third-party funders.

John has recently been heavily involved with the unique high value budgeting process of the Post Office Group Litigation as well as other local group claims.

John regularly provides seminars to clients on the impact of new rules and changes to costs litigation. He is also an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator and assists clients in a variety of disputes.

In his spare time John enjoys taking on challenging charity events, including The Gurkha 100 kilometre walk within 24 hours (twice), running the London Marathon (slowly) and more recently the Three Peaks Challenge and British Heart Foundation London to Brighton bike race. John also enjoys travel and is a keen golfer.


“I have been using the services of Elite Law (and formally HM Law Costs Draftsmen) for over two decades.  The service provided has always been exemplary.  For my part I am most uncomfortable with the whole cost budgeting process and it is therefore most comforting to know that Elite Law are there, and at times at very short notice, to undertake the necessary work.  I have also found that the involvement of Elite Law has assisted in maximising recovery of costs.  I am indebted to John Mistri and his team.” – Gennaro Baffa, Director, Shepherd Harris Solicitors

“Elite Law are my go-to legal costs experts. They are approachable, knowledgeable and give very sensible, commercial and clear advice.” – Jonathan Cole, Senior Associate, Goodman Derrick LLP

“John’s approach is clear and pragmatic. His help was greatly appreciated in helping to defeat a number of arguments raised by the paying party. John was very helpful in that the opposing party was respectful of his knowledge and sensible approach which assisted in enabling a settlement to be achieved.” – Virginia Ralfe, Director, City Lawyers

“I have used John Mistri for many years and always found him to be very helpful, very knowledgeable and a very user-friendly Costs Draftsman.” – Peter Pratt, Senior Associate, Collyer Bristow

“I have instructed John on a number of occasions over many years. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and very user-friendly. I always have no hesitation in recommending John for anyone needing a Costs Lawyer.” – Alistair Myles, Partner, Levison Meltzer Pigott

“John has been a valuable asset to us on some of our very large and complex litigation with substantial cost implications. He is very much part of the legal team and is quick to get to grips with the legal and procedural issues, which underpin his work relating to costs. He is also alive to the wider commercial considerations in dealing with these issues. He is also a pleasure to work with on a personal level. I would highly recommend him.” – Imogen Randall, Senior Associate, Freeths

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