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Hailsham Chambers

Costs Litigation

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Home to a number of leading lights in the costs litigation field, Hailsham Chambers handles the full range of costs cases covering such matters as changes in funding, Part 36 offers, proportionality and non-party costs orders. Among recent achievements, the set has handled a number of disputes between parties about CFAs, funding and changes of funding in cases such as XDE and Butler v Bankside. It has also undertaken cases about non-party costs orders such as Sooben v Deepchan, Goknur v Aytacli and Amin v Little. Instructing solicitors say they find the set "exceptionally easy to deal with."

Client service:

Instructing solicitors say: "The clerks, led by the highly respected Stephen Smith, are helpful and polite. You always receive clear terms upon instruction and clear correspondence throughout the life of a case." Demonstrating its commitment to client service the set supported its clients during COVID by instituting a series of monthly informal online gatherings which provided an opportunity for clients and contacts to pose questions to a panel of Hailsham experts. In addition, the set continues to provide in-house costs training for a range of clients throughout the year.

Strengths:

Alexander Hutton QC
Highly regarded for his costs and clinical negligence practice, and a regular in the Court of Appeal, he chaired the 'Hutton Committee' implementing the mandatory use of the new electronic bill of costs into the Civil Procedure Rules. Hutton regularly acts in high-profile cases before the higher courts.
"One of the best costs barrister out there," "he's very technical and thorough." "Excellent. He has great insight, offers good communication skills and takes a genuine interest in the case." "Well prepared and razor sharp."
Recent work: Acted in Sharp v Blank, appearing for the claimants. The case concerned a high-value dispute that looked at the liability of third-party funders in GLO claims.

Strengths:

Andrew Post QC
Combines expertise in costs and clinical negligence, and is frequently instructed in high-value disputes or matters where a point of principle may arise. He has considerable experience of handling cases relating to funding arrangements, retainers, CFAs and costs budgeting.
"Experienced, calm and genuinely interested." "The best thing about Andrew is that he's direct."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the defendant in Pankhania v Nottingham University Hospital, successfully dismissing an application to set aside a costs budgeting order.

Strengths:

Dan Stacey
Has a full range of knowledge of costs cases, including CFA disputes and solicitor-client disputes, and is further skilled at handling security for costs applications in commercial disputes. He has represented clients in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and is well versed in costs disputes connected with professional negligence and liability cases.
"He's a very thorough and approachable barrister." "When you send him instructions he lets you know his plan of action and very much makes you feel that your case is important to him."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the Khan Partnership in Infinity v Khan Partnership, a case which raised points of principle on applications for security for costs.

Strengths:

Imran Benson
Undertakes costs work as part of a busy commercial law practice, and is experienced in handling a variety of matters, including those relating to damages-based agreements, CFAs and after-the-event insurance advice. He is often involved in group litigation cases and has experience in solicitor-client disputes.
"He's got a very relaxed style, he doesn't panic and he has good advocacy skills." "Imran is very easy to use and has a good sense of humour."
Recent work: Acted in Goknur v Aytacli, an important High Court decision on the availability of non-party costs orders against the owner/managers of a small company.

Strengths:

Jamie Carpenter QC
A respected silk who undertakes a full range of work in this sector. He is well versed in litigation funding issues as well as solicitor-client disputes, and has particular expertise in solicitors' liens. Carpenter both advises on non-contentious issues and regularly appears before all manner of courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal.
"Grabs your attention as he’s very smart, capable on his feet and someone who knows his stuff." "He provides high-quality work, has very good judgement and is a good advocate. Hard-working, conscientious and an expert in his field, he's someone you send your most difficult costs cases to."
Recent work: Acted in King v Corporation of London, an important case on the construction of CPR Part 36. The matter concerned whether Part 36 offers could be made excluding interest, both in detailed assessments and generally.

Strengths:

Joshua Munro
Very active in costs law and someone with extensive experience as a litigator, who has appeared in costs cases at all levels, including before the SCCO and the House of Lords. He has a wealth of experience of handling solicitor-client disputes involving retainers, CFAs and detailed assessments.
"He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in these cases. He takes matters seriously, prepares very well in advance and remains focused on the case." "Joshua gives masterclass performances in court" and "gives the instructing solicitor confidence and assurance."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Sooben v Deepchand. This was a Court of Appeal case about who was the 'winner' in respect of a non-party costs order application. The case gave seminal guidance on what constitutes a 'win' for the purposes of making a costs order.

Strengths:

Mark Friston
Highlighted by sources for his academic prowess and outstanding knowledge of costs law, Friston handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Notable areas of expertise for him include CFAs, Part 36 offers and cost sharing agreements. He recently published the third edition of his seminal work 'Friston on Costs'.
"There is nothing he doesn't know about this area of the law." "His knowledge on contentious costs is on another level."
Recent work: Acted in Mirchandani v The Lord Chancellor, a case which established that private prosecutors are entitled to costs from central funds in enforcement applications and that costs ordered against a private prosecutor may be recovered from central funds.

Costs Litigation

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Silks (QC)

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Costs Litigation


Alexander Hutton QC
Band 1
Andrew Post QC
Band 3
Jamie Carpenter QC
Band 3

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Dan Stacey
Band 2
Imran Benson
Band 2
Joshua Munro
Band 2

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