Neil Smallwood

Senior Costs Draftsman and Senior Associate

Biography

Neil became a senior associate of the firm in 2013, has been a law costs draftsman since 1992 and commenced employment with Stephensons in 2004.  

Neil has progressed from a costs draftsman to senior costs draftsman and then to assistant manager of a team which now contains over 20 members of staff. . 

Neil deals with many aspects of costs to include detailed assessment hearings, interim costs hearings, legal aid costs, between the parties costs, solicitor client costs and general costs queries. Neil deals with many different types of work to include family law, personal injur, clinical negligence, housing, consumer dispute resolution and commercial cases.

Areas of specialism 

  • Drafting bills of costs and claim 1s
  • Points of dispute and points of reply
  • Solicitor client costs
  • Between the parties costs recovery
  • Statutory charge queries 
  • Costs negotiations

Neil has been involved in numerous cases that involved recovering hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs; likewise prior to working for Stephensons he also dealt with numerous cases involving reductions in costs claims worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.