Costs

 

With five costs teams in Birmingham, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Southampton with around 40 costs specialists amassing some 500 years' costs experience, BLM’s costs practice group provide the benefit to our customers of a national presence coupled with strong local knowledge of the individual courts. Since the Jackson reforms were introduced in April 2013, our costs teams have dealt with some £536 million worth of costs claims and currently average around 5,000 instructions a year dealing with costs disputes.

In the last three years, BLM’s costs practice group has saved our paying party customers more than £69 million in costs claimed, with our average saving in excess of 34%. In this series of articles we focus on issues arising when looking after the paying party, ensuring that only the appropriate amount is paid in costs on each and every file.

We regularly encounter issues around the application of Qualified One Way Costs Shifting and the complications around off-setting costs entitlement against costs liability. It should always be remembered that costs belong to the litigant and not the lawyer and if it is justified costs liability on behalf of a partial successful defendant be off-set against costs as well as the claimant’s damages.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with BLM’s Head of Costs, Paul Wainwright, should you wish to discuss how BLM’s costs practice group can save your organisation money spent on legal costs.

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Paul Wainwright

Paul Wainwright

Partner, Chartered Legal Executive and head of costs,
Manchester




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Adam Burrell

Adam Burrell

Partner,
Birmingham


Peter Campbell

Peter Campbell

Partner,
Belfast


David Caswell

David Caswell

Partner,
Manchester


Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

Partner,
Dublin


Simon Cradick

Simon Cradick

Partner,
Cardiff


Karen Dance

Karen Dance

Partner,
Glasgow


Cormac Fitzpatrick

Cormac Fitzpatrick

Partner and head of office,
Belfast, Derry


Adam Lidster

Adam Lidster

Partner,
London


Kelly Matthews

Kelly Matthews

Executive claims advisor,
Southampton


Tony Murray

Tony Murray

Partner,
Glasgow


Anne Staunton

Anne Staunton

Partner,
Dublin


Olivia Treston

Olivia Treston

Partner,
Dublin


Paul Wainwright

Paul Wainwright

Partner, Chartered Legal Executive and head of costs,
Manchester


Vivienne Williams

Vivienne Williams

Managing partner,
Manchester


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Shirley Wyles

Partner,
Edinburgh


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Paul Wainwright

Paul Wainwright

Partner, Chartered Legal Executive and head of costs,
Manchester