One of the largest costs businesses in the UK, our clients trust us to deliver expert support in all areas of costs management, including legal bill drafting (receiving party); legal bill analysis and opposition (paying party); attending costs related hearings; volume costs claims handling; costs alternative dispute resolution; costs audit (legal and otherwise); independent costs assessment; and legal project management.
With almost 60 staff across six DWF offices, our costs team works at all levels of expertise, and includes solicitors, CILEX, costs lawyers and a costs barrister.
We understand that service excellence needs to come hand in hand with a commitment to reducing risk and costs. In the past year alone we have been trusted, by clients, to handle over £72m of claims. What sets us apart, however, is our consistent cost saving performance - with an average saving rate of more than 34%.
What amounts to a good reason to depart from budgeted costs at a detailed assessment? A recent case addresses two matters in answering this question: the role of an "underspend" and non-completion of a litigation phase.
William Mackenzie discusses the recent decision of the Court of Appeal and the issue of Part 36 offers, exclusive of interest, in the context of costs proceedings.
Josh Mayo discusses the decision of Scott v Ministry of Justice [2019 heard before Deputy Master Friston in the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO).