Costs Law: A Practitioner's Guide

“This is an extremely useful and practical book, to which I have frequently made reference.” Lord Justice Jackson
This practical, accessible guide is essential reading for all legal practitioners who want to understand the impact of costs on their cases and clients. With contributions from a wide variety of recognised costs experts, it provides essential tips and guidance to help practitioners confront the complexities of the costs management regime, and prepare for future changes.

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Written in a straightforward, easily digestible style, the book takes the reader through the entire costs management process, from preparing budgets and funding options through to costs offers and recovery, while individual practice area focuses hone in on the intricacies of cost management in family proceedings, commercial cases, the Employment Tribunal, and the TCC.

Throughout the book, readers will find detailed commentary on the most significant case law that has built up over the last three years, practical guidance on how the costs management rules are currently being implemented and applied, and expert insight into new and upcoming developments. All in 15 concise, to-the-point chapters.

“If you mediate disputes where legal costs are an issue – and that is most of us – buy this book... In 189 pages this snappy, practical book makes you feel confident that you are up-to-date and able to talk the same language as the practitioners.” - Stephen Walker, mediator and author, SCMA Newsletter. 


Foreword by Sue Nash, chairman of the ACL’ and the ‘Introduction: Costs – What’s the (current) issue?

Part 1: Budgeting

Chapter 1: Costs management

Chapter 2: Incurred and future costs

Chapter 3: J-codes and the new bill of costs

Chapter 4: Using technology to reduce litigation costs and remain competitive

Part 2: Funding

Chapetr 5: Conditional fee agreements

Chapter 6: Damages-based agreements - Still not fit for purpose

Chapter 7: Third party funding

Part 3: Offer and Recovery

Chapter 8: Part 36 and costs - An overview

Chapter 9: Proportionality - A brief plotted history from Woolf to Hobbs (via Jackson)

Chapter 10: Qualified one way costs shifting

Chapter 11: Mediating the costs of the action - ADR's alternative to detailed assessment

Part 4: Practice Area Focuses

Chapter 12: Costs in family proceedings

Chapter 13: Costs in the Technology and Construction Court

Chapter 14: Costs management strait-jackets in commercial litigation

Chapter 15: Costs in the Employment Tribunal


Deborah Burke
Director, Attain Legal  Costs Management – part of the committee who designed the J-Codes/new bill of costs with 26 years’ experience
Sue Fox
head of costs budgeting at Clarion Solicitors
Dominic Swallow
Managing director, Century Costs Consultants
David Mashall
Managing partner, Anthony Gold. Author of a book on CFAs and recognised authority on the subject. 
Maura McIntosh
Herbert Smith Freehills – part of the CJC working group tasked with reviewing DBAs
Iain Stark
Partner at Weightmans, chair elect of the ACL
Patrick West
Barrister at St John’s Chambers
Darryl Royce
Barrister at Atkin Chambers in Gray's Inn
Ian Gascoigne
Partner, Eversheds LLP.
Chris Bryden
Barrister at 4 King’s Bench Walk
Colin Campbell
Former costs judge of the SCCO, consultant at Kain Knight Costs Lawyers, and accredited mediator at Costs Alternative Dispute Resolution
Selina Davies
Senior associate professional support lawyer in the Litigation and Dispute Management team at Eversheds LLP
Sara Hunton
Barrister at Field Court Chambers
Dominic Swallow
Managing director, Century Costs Consultants
David Wright
costs lawyer and council member of The Association of Costs Lawyers
Francis Wilkinson
Barrister at Field Court Chambers
Jeffrey T. Shapiro
E-discovery lawyer
Michael Salter
Barrister at Ely Place chambers

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