The areas of work in which we have particular expertise, experience and excellence.
The Costs Group has strength in depth, from the most senior to most junior Member of Chambers in respect of traditional retainers, the old CFA regimes and the post-1 April 2013 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) changes to CFAs and the costs regime generally. Moreover, Members of Chambers have been involved in the negotiation and esinlinetablishment of the various CFA regimes that have existed and in the litigation that has arisen within the every changing costs landscape. John Foy QC is particularly renowned as a pioneer in the CFA sphere.
The Group has risen to the challenges presented by the LASPO/Jackson reforms and regularly undertake Costs and Case Management Hearings and advise in respect of costs, including the effect of the revisions to the detailed assessment procedure, various fixed costs regimes and the application of qualified one way costs shifting (QOCS) and their interplay with Part 36/settlement offers. Further, members of the team were involved in the only case to date dealing with the definition of Fundamental Dishonesty (Gosling v Screwfix Direct Ltd and Anor (29/04/14).
Members of the Group accept instructions across the range of civil costs work from advising on points of principle to attending detailed assessment hearings.