Our law costs draftsman team has a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of costs disputes. We are specialists both in disputing costs being claimed and recovering costs. Our client base ranges from individual clients, solicitors, insurers and government departments.

Our team of experienced law cost draftsmen focus on the desired end result and adopt a practical and commercial approach to defending costs claims and seeking costs. We can provide advice and assistance with individual items of work or deal with the matter from start to finish. We have dealt with costs at County and High Court level as well as in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and Tribunals.

If you would like to discuss how our legal costsdraftsman team can help you don't hesitate to contact our experienced specialists on 0175 321 6399 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.

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Legal costs services - who we act for

Solicitors

As solicitors ourselves we know what you need in terms of information and advice to represent your own clients, provide instructions and understand the likely costs to be recovered or paid. We provide clear and focused advice always with an eye on commercial drivers. We can take the often onerous work of dealing with costs from you.

Insurers

We have a strong background in representing insurers both in terms of dealing with non panel firm costs claims or defending or pursuing costs claims generally. We are able to deal with high volume costs matters or individual instruction.

Government departments

We have considerable experience of acting for government departments We understand the drivers for government departments and the processes and we are able to cater our systems to align with them.

Individual clients

We can assist you with disputing your solicitor’s bill and can advise and deal with the process for you from start to finish.  

     

    Areas of specialism

    Costs recovery

    We have a wealth of experience dealing with the recovery of costs. Specifically:

    • Drafting bills of costs
    • Drafting points of reply
    • Costs negotiations
    • Dealing with the full assessment process to include negotiation.
    • General advice
    • Attending assessment hearings
    • Attending other costs hearings
    • Costs budgeting and ancillary negotiations
    • Costs budgeting/management hearings 
    • Enforcement of Costs Orders

    Defending costs claims

    We can deal with all aspects of defending costs claims. Specifically:

    • Points of dispute
    • Costs negotiations
    • Negotiation
    • Dealing with the full assessment process to include negotiation
    • General advice
    • Attending assessment hearings
    • Attending other costs hearings
    • Costs budgeting and ancillary negotiations
    • Costs budgeting/management hearings 
    • Enforcement of Costs Orders

    Individual client

    • Assisting with disputing the bill raised by your solicitor
    • Costs negotiations
    • Dealing with the assessment process
    • General advice
    • Attending hearings

    Legal aid

    As a large legal aid practitioner we have established systems for billing and submitting all aspects of legal aid costs. We are fully live on the CCMS system and can provide advice and support to ensure that it is used correctly and efficiently in relation to costs. Specifically we deal with:

    • All aspects of legal aid billing (criminal and civil)
    • CCMS consultancy and assistance 

    Sector experience

    • Personal injury and clinical negligence
    • Housing disputes
    • Commercial litigation
    • Immigration
    • General civil litigation
    • Family proceedings
    • Public law
    • Criminal proceedings
    • Court of Protection
    • Judicial Review
    • Appeals
    • Tribunal costs

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