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          Simon Fisher

          Senior Manager & Costs Lawyer

          Simon is a Costs Lawyer with 15 years' experience and advises both Paying and Receiving Parties on all aspects of Costs Litigation. 

          Simon has a wide array of experience and has handled Detailed Assessments ranging from technical points in fixed recoverable costs in the County Court, to points of European Law in the Supreme Court. Given the nature of the cases Simon is involved in there is often an overlap into other areas of the law; Simon has recently acted on behalf of the successful Respondents in a High Court Appeal on Judicial Recusal with over 40 Parties involved. In the past Simon has acted in cases where issues such as estoppel and res judicata have been pursued. 

          In addition to inter-partes disputes Simon advises both Solicitors and lay-clients on assessments brought under The Solicitors Act 1974.

          In the past Simon was Head of Costs at a law firm connected to a NYSE listed company and currently works closely with other practice areas of DWF on large projects, extending from high value complex commercial disputes to strategic approaches to be adopted by Insurers.

          Day-to-day Simon is DWF Costs' lead for fixed recoverable costs litigation and also leads the Liverpool and Manchester teams. 

          • Association of Costs Lawyers
          • Major Loss Handler, RSA

          "I insist all matters in relation to costs are sent to Simon Fisher. My rational for this is I need a fee earner who is bold enough to challenge and take risks when I think it’s the right thing to do and who is a subject matter expert. Simon has these qualities."

          • Uddin v Mahmood (County Court Appeal January 2019): Claimant limited to pre-allocation costs despite the claim starting in the Portal and a trial being listed as a matter of law rather than conduct.
          • Akers & Others v Bowner & Kirkland & Others [2019] EWHC 2176 (QB). Claimants' appeal for a Costs Judge to recuse himself on alleged bias dismissed.
          • Messenger v Zenith Insurance Plc(Regional Costs Judge Matthew July 2019): Claimant limited to Small Claims Track costs despite allocation to Multi-Track. 99% saving against costs claimed on the basis of the Claimant incorrectly valuing his claim.