We undertake all receiving party work on a costs neutral basis, so there is no cost to the solicitor client.
All our fees are recovered from the Defendant in addition to, as opposed to deducted from, the Solicitor’s costs and disbursements.
Most of our competitors negotiate on informal schedules, only drawing a bill as a last resort. This practice produces inferior recoveries for two reasons:
The negotiation fee is deducted from the solicitors costs rather than claimed in addition.
The full costs can only be calculated by preparation of a full bill of costs and invariably with schedules time is missed, immediately reducing the potential for recovery.
Solicitors often tolerate this for cash flow reasons - traditionally, drawing a bill takes much longer than a schedule. However, with proper human resourcing, a tailor made case management system, and state of the art bill drafting software, we draw bills with the same turnaround time as our competitors offer for schedules. This generates sensible offers earlier and drives higher settlement rates with a significant increase in solicitors' profit costs recovery. As soon as a bill is served the clock starts running, ensuring defendants focus on settling as failure to do so will see costs assessed by the court if they are not agreed.
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Going on record
preparing Part 8 proceedings and any necessary application for a payment on account or interim certificate
preparing bill of costs; negotiating with defendant representatives on delegated authority considering points in dispute
preparing request for detailed assessment hearing and supporting papers
attending detailed assessment hearings
preparing and agreeing figures for final costs certificate
lodging with court and reporting
Preparing Part 8 proceedings
Preparing bill of costs
Advice on quantum
Preparing request for detailed assessment hearing and supporting papers
Preparing application for interim certificate and papers in support
Attending detailed assessment hearings
Preparing and agreeing figures for final costs certificate