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Costs is an area of increasing importance and rapid change where specialist advice is often essential. We have deliberately kept our Costs Team small, so that we can offer a truly specialist service. The members of the team are Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, Simon Edwards, Judith Ayling, Caroline Truscott, Vikram Sachdeva, Nicola Greaney, Katharine Scott, Caroline Allen and Peter Mant.
The service we provide:
The Costs Team offers advice and representation at all levels of court and tribunal and on all aspects of costs, eg:
Conditional fees and legal expenses insurance, including drafting
CFAs and CCFAs
Community Legal Service funding and contracting
Party and party costs assessments
Costs capping applications
Costs against third parties
We represent a full range of clients including the Lord Chancellor, the Legal Services Commission, trade unions, solicitors from large City firms to sole practitioners, and lay clients from multi-nationals to individuals on income support. We have close links with a number of costs-draftsmen and agencies.
The members of the team:
Gregory Treverton-Jones QC regularly instructs and assists solicitors in connection with regulatory and costs issues arising out of the Jackson reforms and the introduction of alternative business structures, including advising on and assisting in the drafting of new-style damages-based agreements and conditional fee agreements. Considerable experience of wasted costs applications, including the largest such claim to arise out of a criminal prosecution: R v Morris  Crim 1246.Author of successive editions of The Solicitors' Handbook published by The Law Society from 2008 up to and including 2013, and editor of Cordery on Legal Services. Articles include "The Referral fee ban“ “Turning the Clock Back Legal Compliance Bulletin" - January 2013 "Entity Regulation - Solicitors Beware!" Law Society Gazette - July 2012
Simon Edwards is co-head of the costs team. He has advised and spoken extensively on conditional fee and other costs issues. He has also appears regularly at the SCCO. He has assisted in the drafting of conditional fee agreements both individual (bespoke) and group (standard terms), including those for Thirty Nine Essex St. He has also advised on the drafting of third party funding agreements His extensive experience of litigation in many different fields equips him with an understanding of the varied occasions in which costs are actually incurred, ranging from common law through commercial and property to family. When acting for insolvency practitioners he has advised on the specialist costs considerations that arise in that field.
Judith Ayling is co-head of the costs team. She has a fast increasing costs practice. She has experience of dealing with the detailed assessment of costs, and has both advised in writing and appeared at detailed assessment hearings in the County Court and in the SCCO, as well as appearing at appeals from detailed assessment. She has particular expertise in issues arising out of CFAs and CCFAs, including success fees, insurance premiums and the recovery of additional liability where there has been non-compliance with the CPR. She also has experience in professional negligence cases involving costs. She has also lectured regularly on costs matters. She is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel). She is listed as a leading costs junior in the UK Legal 500.
Caroline Truscott was called to the bar in 1998. She has extensive experience of advisory work and advocacy in the costs field. She has advised on and appeared at interlocutory costs hearings and detailed assessments in the County Court and the Supreme Court Costs Office on behalf of both paying and receiving parties. She has particular experience in contested applications and assessments under the Solicitors Act 1974. Recent cases have involved issues of non-compliance with the CFA regulations, the recoverability of experts' fees where there is no permission to rely upon expert evidence and the extent to which disputed facts such as malingering can be raised at the detailed assessment stage in cases which have settled.
Vikram Sachdeva is recommended as a leading junior in costs by the Legal 500. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants at all levels, and has a busy costs practice. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel). He has particular expertise in the recovery of success fees and insurance premiums, and has conducted a large number of such cases both at first instance and on appeal.
Nicola Greaney was called to the bar in 1999. She advises on and appears at detailed assessment hearings in the Supreme Court Costs Office and the County Court on behalf of both paying and receiving parties. She is available to give advice and representation in a variety of costs cases. Apart from costs, she practises in personal injury and clinical negligence law and administrative and public law.
Katharine Scott was called to the bar in 1999. Katharine advises and represents both claimants and defendants in both solicitor and client disputes and inter partes disputes. She is instructed by the Legal Services Commission in cases involving a variety of issues. In addition she has represented applicant solicitors at all stages of their disputes with the legal services commission, including appeals to the contract review body and judicial review. She is listed as a leading costs junior in the UK Legal 500.
Peter Mant was called to the Bar in 2006. He regularly acts for both paying and receiving parties in detailed assessment hearings and on appeal. He has advised on a broad range of costs matters, including the recoverability of success fees and insurance premiums. He has extensive knowledge of human rights having worked for the registry of the European Court of Human Rights, and he has recently been instructed in a number of cases concerning the compatibility of success fees with Articles 6 and 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights.
Josephine Norris accepts instructions in a full range of costs work and acts for claimants and defendants, paying and receiving parties. She is regularly instructed in detailed assessments and costs appeals and has appeared before both County Courts and the SCCO. She is appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel.
Jeremy Morgan QC is best known for his work in the field of Costs which represents the largest part of his practice. Most of his advocacy is appellate, much of it relating to funding arrangements under the Access to Justice Act. His advisory work covers all aspects of his practice: in particular he advises on all types of funding arrangement, on the structuring of retainers and on whether costs arrangements comply with the rules and are commercially workable. He was one of the Assessors to Lord Justice Jackson's Review of Civil Litigation Costs.