Sue has been practicing in legal costs for over 30 years and is well known for her specialist experience in group litigation as well as costs budgeting. She is a former chairman of the Association of Costs Lawyers and a leading authority on costs. As a result, she writes regularly for the legal press on costs-related issues.
As well as co-founding specialist costs consultancy (Group) Litigation Costs Services, she created and founded Omnia Legal Software, the first secure web-based program offering a costs budgeting and management service as an “add-on”.
Sue joined Elite in January 2017 to not only expand our group litigation services and provide consultancy and training on all aspects of costs but also to assist in the development of current and future offerings such as legal project management, pricing and auditing.
She has been described (by an opponent) as “a breath of fresh air” in dealing with costs negotiations and commended by Alex Hutton QC for her “impressive costs knowledge and attention to detail”.
“After discontinuing a lengthy civil court case, I was pursued for costs. Learning how expensive solicitors were, I looked into mandating a Costs Lawyer and discovered they were far more reasonably priced and more appropriate for what I needed.
I searched the Association of Costs Lawyers website and shortlisted two Costs Lawyers after further due diligence. Both candidates were highly experienced and had served as chairs of the Association of Costs Lawyers. Sue was one of them.
I had prepared paperwork regarding my case extensively and shared it with both candidates before meeting them.
From the outset I found Sue to be very conscientious. It was evident she became completely up to speed with my case and the costs claimed against me within an hour of me sending the paperwork.
After meeting her and discussing in more depth the strategy to approach the costs claim against me, it was very clear Sue was the standout candidate and I mandated her.
As a litigant in person I continued to prepare and provide paperwork for Sue. In return her advice remained comprehensive and excellent throughout the case.
A third of the way into the case, I unexpectedly experienced medical condition which prevented me from continuing to be a litigant in person. Sue was most understanding at this point and kindly adapted her services to represent me. She attended two hearings for me at the Senior Costs Court Office in 2018 and 2019.
I could not have been more satisfied with the outcomes at both hearings. My adversary on both occasions was ordered to pay costs fully.
Previously, in the connected civil case, I was awarded the majority but not all costs. I would put this down to the limitations of my solicitor at the time. This was not certainly not the case with Sue Nash!
She is very much an expert in her field and carries out her work thoroughly, missing absolutely nothing. Consequently, both the advice given and results delivered are excellent in my experience.”
Mr S Patel, Bedfordshire