Tim is recommended in the Legal 500 for costs disputes. He has extensive experience of costs litigation at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal.
Tim is regularly instructed in complex detailed assessment proceedings and other hearings where the primary issue is the recoverability of legal costs. He often deals with claims that involve challenges to the solicitor’s retainer, allegations of misconduct (such as alleged failures to mediate) and also claims which deal with insurance issues, particularly involving after the event insurance.
He also is regularly instructed to deal with costs budgeting issues (even when not involved in the underlying litigation) and has been involved in a number of significant cases before the High Court involving substantial cost budgets. He also often deals with wider procedural issues relating to costs, including issues relating to Part 36.
RTA Portal cases
Tim also has specific experience in issues relating to RTA Portal cases. He has been involved in both of the two significant cases where the costs consequences of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents and associated Part 8B Proceedings have been considered (Mulholand in the Newcastle County Court and Phillips in the Court of Appeal). He has advised and appeared in numerous other claims relating to the RTA Portal involving a wide variety of issues such as the circumstances in which cases can leave the Portal, the effect of statements made in Stage 2 and the costs consequences when cases wrongly exit the Portal.
Solicitor own client costs
Tim also has significant experience of claims where the costs are challenged by the client including assessment of solicitor and client costs under the Solicitors Act 1974.
He has additionally dealt with a number of cases raising costs related issues in the context of wider issues of negligence by the solicitor.
Tim also has experience of disputes between the SRA and solicitors regarding the interpretation of the Solicitors Accounts Rules
Tim also has experience of applications for costs orders being sought against directors of companies involved in litigation. He also has particular experience in applications for security for costs in commercial litigation. He also has advised on the recoverability of costs in arbitral proceedings.