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Civil & Commercial Costs Lawyers Breakfast Seminar - Prepare to Survive

Mar 28 2017

This Breakfast Seminar is aimed at Senior Litigators who wish to ensure that they, and their practice, remain at the cutting edge of litigation.

Location: Paragon, 140 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT (see map)

Time: 7.50am for an 8am prompt start, ends 10.30am

Date: Thursday 27 April 2017

Tickets: FREE. Places are limited, email Colin Carr to book your place.

CPD Accreditation: This event carries one CPD point.

Our Speakers

Master Jason Rowley

Master Jason Rowley – Costs Judge

Jason Rowley is a Costs Judge at the Senior Courts Costs Office, having previously been a Deputy Master since 2006. He has been involved in costs matters since 1993 when he attended a conference chaired by Michael Cook and which left him with a desire to know far more about the world of costs.


Jason was the Forum of Insurance Lawyers’ inaugural Chair of its Special Interest Group on costs and intervened on FOIL’s behalf in cases such as Callery v Gray before running test cases on behalf of clients involving Claims Direct and The Accident Group. This led to stints on the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Committee, including drafting the 2005 model CFA, as well as participation in the “Big Tents” convened to broker industry agreements on success fees.


Jason started as a solicitor in an insurance practice dealing mainly with personal injury claims. He was a partner for 11 years, the last 5 of which were as Managing Partner. Thereafter he was the CEO of barristers’ chambers in the Inner Temple and a senior underwriting manager at a legal expenses insurance company.

James Bailey - Barrister, Wilberforce Chambers

James Bailey has developed a successful practice focused on commercial chancery, civil fraud, insolvency and company matters. Regarded as “approachable, very thorough and conscientious” James is said to have “an exceptional eye for detail” (Legal 500).


James’s experience relates to all levels of court in England. His work also has a significant international dimension including cases relating to the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, the U.S., Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong and Japan. James has been instructed as an expert on matters of English law in courts abroad.


James is noted for his advocacy. “Strategically strong and pragmatic“, “the impressive James Bailey” (Legal 500) is a powerful advocate and praised for his “really attractive style in court” (Chambers UK Bar).

Piers Winton

Piers Winton – Senior Vice President, Paragon International Insurance Brokers


Piers is Senior Vice President at Paragon International Insurance Brokers, a leading, independently-owned specialist Lloyd's broker, with offices in London and Bermuda.


Piers is a specialist Broker for Professional Indemnity, with a focus on Solicitors.

Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn – Business Development Director, Augusta Ventures


Tom is a highly experienced cost and funding expert, skilled in all areas of funding.


Tom’s previous extensive experience in commercial litigation means that he not only understands funding from a solicitor’s perspective, but he also realises the importance of clarity to lay clients.


Tom is a CPD approved trainer and often runs bespoke in-house training sessions on the use of creative retainers and funding.

Anil Virji

Anil Virji – Head of Costs, Civil & Commercial Costs Lawyers

As Head of Costs at Civil & Commercial, Anil is responsible for the operational running of the teams in London and Manchester.


Anil has worked in costs for over 20 years. During that time he has set up and run two costs departments and trained many draftsmen. In 2009, he became the first Costs Lawyer to be appointed as a Partner in a law firm.


Anil’s experience spans all areas of Civil Litigation, ranging from security for costs, group actions, libel, commercial disputes, clinical negligence, personal injury and matrimonial cases.


Anil has significant advocacy experience and has higher rights of audience.


A qualified Costs Lawyer with CLSB accreditation, Anil is also a CPD approved trainer and regularly gives in-house training to firms of solicitors as well as speaking at many solicitor associations, such as SCIL and the PNLA.

To book your free place, email Colin Carr to book your place. Places are limited, so don't delay.