Costs Law

“I have had the pleasure of dealing with Blake Morgan for years and I have found them to be thoroughly professional, reliable and extremely efficient. Their staff are very knowledgeable and their service is second to none. ”

Catherine Dundon Padraic Smith & Co Ltd

Our Costs team deal with all areas of costs law and have significant experience of acting for paying and receiving parties in costs litigation. 

Main area of practice

Our costs lawyers and draftsmen have significant experience of advocacy in both the High Court and the County Court. They can be instructed to:

  • Draft Costs Budgets and attend Costs Case Management Conferences
  • Draft Bills of Costs and attend Detailed Assessment hearings
  • Draft Points of Dispute and Replies
  • Draft Statements and Schedules of Costs
  • Draft Part 8 proceedings
  • Deal with costs settlement negotiations
  • Advise on all aspects of costs law
  • Provide training on costs law
  • Advise on Retainer and Conditional Fee Agreement issues

Clients

Our team regularly act for a range of clients, including firms of Solicitors, Insurance Brokers and individuals, providing advice on costs in relation to commercial litigation, property litigation, insolvency, insurance and court of protection.

Our team work closely with BL Claims Solicitors (part of the Blake Morgan Group) to advise clients in relation to clinical negligence, personal injury and travel litigation costs.

We are also a trusted partner of Padraic Smith.

Significant experience

Our costs specialists are experienced in dealing with high value and complex costs litigation, and have particular expertise in:

  • Costs Budgeting - one of the most experienced in relation to costs budgeting in the country, having dealt with over 100 budgets within the first year of the Jackson Reforms.
  • Advocacy – Our experienced advocates can be instructed to attend Detailed Assessment and Costs Case Management hearings in the High Court or the County Court. 
  • Advice and Training – can be instructed to advise on all aspects of costs law and bespoke training is available to clients of the firm in relation to costs and the Jackson Reforms.
  • Drafting – can be instructed to draft Part 8 proceedings, along with Bills, Budgets, Schedules and Statements of Costs. 

Other expertise

Our team prides itself on being up to the minute on developments in costs law and prepares a quarterly costs magazine to update clients. 

Related expertise

Main contacts

Related Knowledge & Resources

Part 36 offers in costs proceedings

Now that we are some 9 months into the new costs regime, we are seeing a number of issues arising from the implementation of the rules.

Retreat from Mitchell-Jackson

There has been a recent update to the clinical negligence model Directions which would mean a change to the standard directions that would allow parties to agree an extension of time for a period of up to 28 days, without the need to obtain court approval

Relief from sanctions

Neil Sexton looks at some of the recent decisions in relation to relief from sanctions that have occurred over the last couple of months, including a warning from the High Court that the Mitchell ruling should not be used as a 'tactical' weapon.

Melanie Baker v The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

We recently dealt with a Telephone Hearing, whereby we had applied to the Court so that we could ensure that our Replies to the Defendant's Points of Dispute could still be relied upon, despite late service.