CEO: Matthew Kain
Number of employees: 50-60
Overview & History:
A leading firm of costs lawyers with an extensive client base, which includes many of the prominent names in the legal world, Kain Knight’s services span the entire spectrum of issues relating to costs litigation. As the largest independent professional team of costs lawyers in the UK, Kain Knight have the knowledge and expertise needed to handle complex costs disputes in the commercial, insurance and serious injury practice areas. With a strong track record and an enviable reputation, they are resolute in their determination to deliver the best possible results for clients. Meticulous in their approach and focused on facilitating swift resolution, they can step in at any stage of the costs process. Working quickly and efficiently, Kain Knight provide the astute advice and clear insight you would expect from the UK’s leading costs lawyers. Emeritus Costs Judge, Colin Campbell joined as a Consultant in 2015 and supports the business with legal updates and advice on compliance and regulatory issues.
The firm deals with all aspects of costs budgeting, from the preparation of Precedent H, Budget Discussion Reports and attendance at CCMCs.
Recent cases include:
■ RBS Group Litigation
■ Various Claimants v WM Morrisons Supermarket plc
■ CIP Properties Ltd v Galliford Try Infrastructure & Others
Kain Knight’s specialist team of Costs Lawyers have the requisite skills to carry out legal costs auditing. Recent work includes confidential annual legal spend audits for FTSE 100 firms. Kain Knight audited the costs associated with the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Bills of Costs for Detailed Assessment:
With more Costs Lawyers than any other independent Costs firm, Kain Knight prepare various bills of costs arising from numerous practice areas, including commercial litigation, professional negligence, media, clinical/catastrophic injury and Court of Protection. The firm often specialises in costs following Group Litigation Orders and have worked in multiple jurisdictions comprising England & Wales, DIFC, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands International Arbitrations and claims arising from the Competition Appeals Tribunal.
Recent work includes:
■ Al Khorafi & Ors v Bank Sara-Alpen Limited & Bank Sarasin & Co Ltd
■ AIG Management France SA v Tobias Gruber & Others
■ Mastercard Litigation
■ Fiona Trust Holding Corporation & Others v H. Clarkson Ltd
■ Vestergaard Frandsen A/S & Others v Bestnet Europe Ltd
Schedules of Costs for Summary Assessment & interim payment applications:
Kain Knight are frequently instructed to assist with urgent Schedules of Costs for Summary Assessment and schedules to accompany an Application for an interim payment for costs.
Significant cases include:
■ JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablayzov
■ Boris Berezovsky v Roman Abramovich
■ Libyan Investment Authority v Societe General
■ PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank
Detailed Assessment & Costs Management Conference Advocacy:
Kain Knight’s services extend to representation at CCMCs and Detailed Assessment hearings and they have been involved in many of the reported costs cases over the years, often working collaboratively with specialist costs counsel.
Points of Dispute & Replies:
The firm deals with all aspects of negotiation legal costs arising from Detailed Assessment. Should Kain Knight be unable to reach an economic settlement, they fight for their clients and assist in the preparation of the requisite pleadings, such as Points of Dispute and Replies.
Reported cases include:
■ West & Demouilpied v Stockport NHS Foundation Trust  EWCA Civ 1220 (17 July 2019)
Security for Costs Applications:
Kain Knight’s Costs Lawyers are skilled in preparing and challenging schedules that accompany applications for Security for Costs.
Recent Applications where they have assisted comprise:
■ Handcart Investments Limited v Pavel Fuchs
Kain Knight are trained specifically in costs mediation and can offer services such as expert neutral evaluations. They can assist the parties to reach an accord by understanding why they have been unable to bridge the gap through conventional discussion, and helping them to achieve a solution which their principals (and their clients) can endorse.
Solicitors Act Assessments:
Kain Knight has been involved in some of the most significant solicitor own client disputes.
Recent work includes:
■ ENRC v Dehert
■ Stephenson Harwood LLP v Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees Limited & Others
■ Ontario Inc v Baker McKenzie
■ Varsano and another v Gowling WLG
Reported cases include:
■ Stone Rowe Brewer LLP v Just Costs Ltd  EWCA Civ 1168