Whittakers Legal Costs is a sole practice offering a comprehensive legal costs service for solicitors.
I am an experienced independent Costs Lawyer specialising in civil costs.
My practice encompasses the full range of costs representation, from Costs Budget preparation and attendance at Costs and Case Management hearings, to drafting both traditional and electronic Bills of Costs, Statements of Costs, Points of Dispute, Replies, negotiation and advocacy at detailed assessment.
Whittakers provides a quality modern service, adapted to the current costs landscape and your needs, at a reasonable price.
As a costs practice, Whittakers operates differently to other firms, offering better value to you.
I bring years of experience and proven expertise to bear on every aspect of your case, routinely working with top-ranked Legal 500 firms in complex cases.
Operating as a sole practitioner, I provide my clients with a comprehensive personal service. This means that when you instruct me, you know that all the work undertaken in your case will be undertaken by me alone, and not delegated to a junior fee earner.
You can visit this page for articles and posts I have written on salient issues in costs. Keep abreast of recent developments in relation to costs law and practice, with useful information and commentary.
Those instructed to prepare Bills of Costs and other costs pleadings have been traditionally referred to as costs draftsmen, and they operated in an unregulated industry until 2011, when a new regulator, the Costs Lawyer Standards Board, was authorised under the Legal Services Act 2007. This enabled those previously practising as costs draftsmen to become Costs Lawyers authorised to conduct reserved activities, including conducting litigation and the exercise of a right of audience.
A costs draftsman wishing to qualify as a Costs Lawyer must complete rigorous vocational and academic training, including three years of qualifying practice in costs, and is examined to determine that they meet the required standard. As opposed to a costs draftsman, a Costs Lawyer is subject to professional discipline, must hold sufficient professional indemnity insurance, and may be stripped of their Costs Lawyer status if they fail to meet their professional obligations. There are no restrictions on the use of the term costs draftsman and those doing so are under no obligation to have insurance.