Managing Director: Andrew Thomas
Head of Costs: Anil Virji
Head of Advocacy: Ben Nethercott
Head of Commercial Litigation: Tom Mason
Number of employees: 30-40
Overview & History:
Civil and Commercial Cost Lawyers (CCCL) is a highly respected and trusted multidisciplinary Costs Consultancy. Established in 2008 and employing a large team of costs professionals, including 12 (CLSB) Regulated Costs Lawyers across three offices, CCCL is one of the oldest and largest independent cost consultancies.
Costs is an ever-changing area of law and the evolution of CCCL has ensured that it has always been at the forefront of the legal costs industry. Such is the knowledge of the team, CCCL is a trusted advisor to all sectors of the legal industry, from firms within the magic circle to boutique litigation practices, national and regional practices.
Client care is at the heart of the practice and CCCL understands the importance of ensuring it aligns with its clients to maintain their solicitor own client relationship throughout the costs process. This means working to specific deadlines, understanding clients’ requirements and delivering the right advice. The company has a reputation for nurturing talent and many of its Costs Lawyers have come through CCCL’s training scheme. With close links to respected Barristers’ chambers, CCCL provides an all-round excellent costs service.
CCCL undertakes the following areas of work:
■ Cost budgeting: Preparation of initial budgets, precedent Rs and attending CCMCs
■ Bills of costs: Preparation of bills of costs in all areas of litigation
■ Points of dispute: Preparation of points of dispute in litigation matters
■ Detailed/provisional assessment: Advising clients and undertaking negotiations for clients in detailed assessment proceedings
■ Advocacy: Preparation for and attending all cost related hearings, from Costs Case Management Hearings, Detailed Assessments (and Appeals) to interim applications on costs related matters
CCCL principally acts for solicitors practicing in the following fields:
Civil and Commercial Litigation:
The strength and depth of the team allows CCCL to offer true specialism in this field of costs. CCCL acts for both receiving and paying parties alike. Currently acting in a number of major cases, including a multimillion pound costs claim arising out of a billion pound multi party international fraud. The team prides itself on its ability to offer simple, cost effective advice and solutions to its clients; some of whom are the leaders in their field. The ability to deliver proactive solutions, and where appropriate advocacy support, has seen the team grow in size and strength over the last five years. The team regularly receives instructions within the following litigation fields: IP and patent litigation; banking; financial fraud; defamation; unfair prejudice; shareholder disputes; breach of contract; commercial property; professional negligence; contentious probate and distressed consumer credit.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Claims:
CCCL is proud of its reputation within this field. The team acts in all level of costs, from multimillion pound maximum severity claims to fixed costs conundrums – the team was involved in cases defining principles of the fixed costs regime in the Court of Appeal. Currently acting on a number of high value PI and CN claims, including a multimillion pound claim where the defendant failed to diagnose meningitis and million pound preLASPO RTA involving a minor. CCCL has proudly supported AvMA, APIL and SCIL for a long time, having spoken at and sponsored their events.
CCCL acts for many firms within this arcane area of law, including one of the largest Band 1 Chambers’ ranked firms, for whom CCCL successfully defended an application by the SSHD that VAT was not recoverable on costs of an overstayer in Judicial Review proceedings. Combining an understanding of the law in this area with their knowledge of costs law has meant that the team has an unprecedented level of success on detailed and provisional assessment.
Travel Claims & Industrial Disease Matters:
CCCL has a long history of dealing with costs in these areas. CCCL is instructed by two of the best reputed specialist teams in the country. CCCL has recently been instructed in relation to a group of 84 claimants who fell ill whilst on holiday and were also recently instructed to prepare budgets on a claim involving 48 claimants.
Solicitor Own Client:
This is an area which CCCL has an unrivalled reputation, having been involved in key law defining decisions in this area. Currently instructed in a multimillion pound dispute between an international law firm and its former client; the issues involved raise questions over the assertion of a lien, duress, wrongful termination of a retainer and quantum. With the recent increase in the number of challenges to solicitors’ bills the team are proud to be the go-to firm for their clients when challenges arise.
Court of Protection:
The team has built up a large and loyal following of firms who undertake work within this vital area of law.