AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Craig practices exclusively in all aspects of costs and litigation funding. He provides strategic advice in contentious and non-contentious costs issues arising in both civil and criminal matters. He regularly appears before all levels of judiciary from the County Courts and the Supreme Court Cost Office as well as appearing before the High Court and Court of Appeal on important points of principle. His expertise on influential cost questions is regularly sought after in test cases. Craig has a particular expertise in the incidence of costs, managing broken retainers and issues arising from assignment/novation. Craig is particularly praised for his ability in matters concerning issues of conduct, especially in solicitor and own client matters. Craig is a qualified mediator and is registered for Public Access work; receiving instructions directly from members of the Bar and costs professionals in relation to fee recovery in both Civil and Criminal matters. In addition to his advocacy, advisory and mediation work, Craig is highly sought after for his engaging bespoke lectures and seminars.
Craig is an experienced costs mediator and CADR Panel member.
Year of Call: 2002
Chambers UK 2023
"Craig Ralph has encyclopedic knowledge."
"He is very good for regulatory issues related to costs."
"Craig is a pragmatic and robust barrister."
Legal 500 2023
‘Craig is fantastically knowledgeable about all aspects of costs litigation. This, combined with his great advocacy skills, is a winning combination in court. He is happy to provide informal advice or explanations where needed and is very user friendly, being directly contactable by phone.'
Chambers UK 2022
"A free thinker" who is "exceptionally persuasive and well prepared."
Legal 500 2022
"Craig has a complete understanding of all issues relating to costs in clinical negligence claims."
Chambers UK 2021
"Extremely good on his feet, he knows his matters inside out and his oral arguments are excellent." "Craig is very good technically." "He's great on strategy and commands the courtroom."
Legal 500, 2020
"Well prepared, technically excellent and persuasive advocate."
"An excellent and persuasive advocate."
Chambers UK 2020
"Provides excellent technical advice." "He is very pragmatic and sees both sides of an argument."
Chambers UK 2018
"Craig is an excellent and colourful advocate who has the ability to charm the court. He backs his eloquence up with excellent technical knowledge."
Chambers UK 2017
"He is able to get to grips quickly with the key issues." "His knowledge is exceptional and he has the ability to present a case in a fashion that is appealing to varying levels of the judiciary."
Chambers UK 2016
"He is great on his feet and commands respect in the courtroom. He's also excellent in conference with clients and has a really good skill of taking quite complex information and putting it in such a way that is understandable to lay clients."
"He's an excellent advocate, who is very knowledgeable and his general understanding of costs is second to none."
Chambers UK 2015
"He's a tenacious advocate, pragmatic with his advice and realistic in his outcome."
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