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PJ Kirby

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Costs Litigation , Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Costs Litigation - All Circuits

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PJ Kirby QC
A knowledgeable commercial silk whose practice encompasses all areas of costs law, including cases relating to detailed assessments, wasted costs and funding arrangements. He has experience of acting before the SCCO as well as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Kirby further acts as a costs expert, appears in private hearings and advises in out-of-court settings. He has further experience as an ADR group-accredited mediator.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who can come up with novel arguments. His command of the law in relation to Solicitors Act cases is second to none." "A very experienced lawyer who is good at identifying the key points in a case."
Recent work: Appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of Mrs Herbert in Herbert v HH Law, a case concerning solicitors' fees post-LASPO. He provided guidance on Solicitors Act assessment and the need for risk assessments post-LASPO. The matter also included issues surrounding after-the-event premiums in relation to a Solicitors Act assessment.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

Band 5

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Strengths: "Excellent on his feet: he owns the room, takes control and provides comfort and confidence to the client."
Recent work: Defended Barclays against Selwyn Campbell's claim that the bank's charge over his property was invalid as it was not signed by the bank but only by himself and his wife.
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PJ has enjoyed a long and successful career at the Bar having previously been a partner in a Holborn firm of solicitors. He took silk in 2013 – the only costs specialist to do so that year. PJ is Joint Head of Chambers at Hardwicke.

PJ’s practice covers costs litigation, commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. Recommended by the legal directories for his “great knowledge in relation to complex,cross-border, multi-party-funded litigation“, he is instructed by a wide range of solicitors from City firms to High Street practitioners. As well as cases in England & Wales PJ has appeared in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal in relation to the legality of CFAs and in the DIFC in Dubai and much of his work has an international dimension.

PJ is recognised as an expert in the field of costs and is often instructed on appeals in relation to problems over retainers, CFAs etc. He is also often instructed to draft bespoke DBAs, CFAs or CCFAs for firms of solicitors.

PJ sits as a Deputy District Judge and is a Bar Council appointed High Court costs assessor. PJ is also an ADR group accredited mediator and is on the Costs ADR (CADR) panel of mediators.

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