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Kings Chambers

Costs Litigation

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Kings Chambers is "a Northern powerhouse of a chambers" whose barristers are well versed in all areas of costs litigation and routinely called upon by institutional and insurer clients. Members here provide high-quality advice to both paying and receiving parties on solicitor-client disputes, retainer drafting and detailed assessments, and have significant experience of acting as mediators in complex cost mediations. Solicitors note: "All of the barristers from Kings have excellent presence in court. They are knowledgeable people with great gravitas."

Client service:

"The clerks are very personable and always flexible in their approach." "They come back to you quickly and deal with queries really well." Stephen Loxton is the director of clerking.

Strengths:

Andrew Hogan
Represents paying and receiving parties in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. His expertise includes litigation funding, qualified one-way costs and Part 36 CPR. Hogan is the author of an authoritative blog regarding the costs sector. 
"Andrew is like a god when it comes to costs." "He's very articulate, very knowledgeable and someone who understands cases quickly. Approachable and committed to resolving problems, he looks at cases from all angles and produces strong arguments. His experience of costs cases is very wide."

Strengths:

Craig Ralph
Handles costs and litigation funding cases, and has notable experience in costs budgeting, high-value claims and group litigation. Frequently acting in appeals, his varied practice further takes in retainer issues and Part 36 offers, among other areas. He is also a qualified mediator. 
"Extremely good on his feet, he knows his matters inside out and his oral arguments are excellent." "Craig is very good technically." "He's great on strategy and commands the courtroom."
Recent work: Acted on costs issues arising out of the group action Harbinson, Simpson and Others v Leeds City Council. This matter involved claims for damages for historical abuse by employees of the council at care homes.

Strengths:

Erica Bedford
An experienced junior barrister with a strong costs practice, who regularly appears before the SCCO and Regional Costs Judges, and has handled a number of costs appeals. She represents both paying and receiving parties in solicitor and own-client actions, and is also a qualified mediator.
"You always up your game when Erica is against you - her preparation is impeccable, she knows the case law and she's a devil for the detail." "Her written work is superb and the level of research she engages in is fantastic."
Recent work: Successfully represented the claimant in Allen v Brethertons. This was a significant case looking at whether unregulated practitioners employed by costs lawyers are prohibited from recovering costs between the parties when acting directly for a lay client without a solicitor interface.

Strengths:

Kevin Latham
Undertakes costs, personal injury and clinical negligence cases, and boasts extensive experience in the courtroom. He regularly appears in solicitor and own-client disputes, and has handled a number of cases concerning wasted and third-party costs orders. He is recognised for his remarkable skills in the field of fixed costs and is also an experienced mediator. Latham has recently handled cases concerning qualified one-way costs shifting.
"A personable guy who's very down to earth. He exudes confidence, knows what he's talking about and is always well prepared." "An excellent advocate who provides clarity and gets to the heart of a problem quickly." "Kevin has a lot of costs experience in personal injury cases. Very good technically, he's a great choice for higher-value cases with complex arguments attached to them."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of one of the defendants, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC. Latham advised on various costs issues including his client's costs liability to the claimant and his likely recovery of costs from the BBC.

Strengths:

Matthew Smith
Has wide experience in costs law including costs appeals, group litigations, detailed assessments and cases regarding success fees and solicitor-client disputes. He additionally has significant knowledge of non-contentious costs and issues concerning retainers' contracts. Smith is also an experienced mediator in this area.
"A costs specialist who is methodical and very commercially minded. He thinks things thorough deeply to find the right solution." "Diligent, thorough and sensible," "he is a man who produces excellent skeleton arguments." "Matthew cuts to the chase and is very succinct in his arguments."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in the Colin Farm v Chief Constable of Lancashire costs dispute. This matter had a value of £174,000.

Strengths:

Paul Hughes
A costs and litigation funding practitioner who specialises in procedural law and the costs of actions based on negligence. He is regularly instructed in complex disputes relating to misconduct, wasted costs and non-party costs orders. Hughes has experience of representing clients at all levels and frequently appears before the Court of Appeal. He is also a CADR-qualified mediator.
"Very approachable and knows the case law. He's always on point because he's seen so much; it's very rare that he doesn't have experience of a situation." "Good at handling mediations as he's calm, relaxed and in control all at the same time."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimant in RM (proceeding by his mother and litigation friend JC) v East Cheshire NHS Trust. In this case it was argued by the defendant that the claimant’s decision to switch from legal aid to a CFA was unreasonable, thereby rendering the additional liabilities (success fee and ATE premium) irrecoverable.

Costs Litigation Department

Kings Chambers

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36 Young Street

Manchester

Lancashire

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M3 3FT

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Andrew Hogan
Band 1
Craig Ralph
Band 2
Erica Bedford
Band 2
Kevin Latham
Band 2
Matthew Smith
Band 2
Paul Hughes
Band 1