Overview

Old Square Chambers has been long considered an expert in cost litigation and has further strengthened that reputation following the implementation of Jackson, which has brought about considerable changes to the way litigation is conducted and a specific need for cost expertise from counsel. We recognise that costs are often crucially important to the lay client and to the successful running of solicitor’s firms.

Our team have a real handle for the intricacies surrounding cost processes, which by their very nature can be detailed and complex, and are highly regarded by instructing solicitors for being able to navigate through difficult issues in a thorough and efficient manner. Our team represent clients throughout the entire court hierarchy in cost disputes, from the preparation of Form Hs to detailed assessments and cost applications. We also provide advice on the appropriateness of challenging a sum assessed under the new procedure for detailed assessments of bills carried out by judges in the absence of the parties, and are happy to advise on any other discrete costs points arising in litigation in which we are not otherwise instructed.

Our team undertakes costs work for all areas of civil litigation, including areas outside chambers main areas of practice, and consists of a number experts in costs issues relating to Employment Tribunal cases.

Old Square Chambers has been long considered an expert in cost litigation and has further strengthened that reputation following the implementation of Jackson, which has brought about considerable changes to the way litigation is conducted and a specific need for cost expertise from counsel. We recognise that costs are often crucially important to the lay client and to the successful running of solicitor’s firms.

Our team have a real handle for the intricacies surrounding cost processes, which by their very nature can be detailed and complex, and are highly regarded by instructing solicitors for being able to navigate through difficult issues in a thorough and efficient manner. Our team represent clients throughout the entire court hierarchy in cost disputes, from the preparation of Form Hs to detailed assessments and cost applications. We also provide advice on the appropriateness of challenging a sum assessed under the new procedure for detailed assessments of bills carried out by judges in the absence of the parties, and are happy to advise on any other discrete costs points arising in litigation in which we are not otherwise instructed.

Our team undertakes costs work for all areas of civil litigation, including areas outside chambers main areas of practice, and consists of a number experts in costs issues relating to Employment Tribunal cases.

 

  • Everett v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (Costs) HQ11X04083 7/11/2014, Leighton Williams QC sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge: Christopher Edwards acted for the Claimant’s former solicitors in this case which considered the nuanced issue of who is the successful party pursuant to CPR part 44. The Claimant had recovered less than 1% of her pleaded damages after a six day liability and quantum trial; no offers had been made by the Defendant except ‘drop hands’, and the trial had been adjourned once at the Claimant’s application.  The court ordered that the Claimant recover the vast majority of her costs.  This is the most recent High Court authority considering the Court of Appeal’s two decisions in 2011 in the cases of Fox v Foundation Piling Ltd and Medway Primary Care Trust v Marcus.

 

  • Gosling v Screwfix Direct (Costs) CC (Cambridge) (Judge Moloney QC) 29/04/2014.  Christopher Edwards acted for the Claimant in the widely publicised first case on what is required for a finding of ‘fundamental dishonesty’ under the new personal injury Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting (QOCS) regime introduced by CPR 44.16.  A finding of fundamental dishonesty is possible when the judge was satisfied that the claim in its entirety was not dishonest, but because of the Claimant’s demonstrated dishonesty in relation to quantum, even in circumstances in which the judge was satisfied the Claimant has suffered significant injuries as a result of the accident.
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