Following transfer to the Bar from the Roll, Erica has built a thriving cost practice with emphasis on costs arising from clinical negligence claims, personal injury claims and commercial litigation. Her practical, commercial awareness coupled with a down to earth and personable approach is highly valued by clients.
Erica regularly appears before Regional Cost Judges and in the SCCO. She is fast developing a busy appellant practice and is frequently instructed on appeal up to High Court level.
Whilst able to handle the full range of costs matters, she has particular specialism in the application of the various ‘Distance Selling Regulations’; ATE issues; arguments arising out of the fixed cost regimes; claims involving ‘broken retainers’; issues concerning the indemnity principle and procedural points of law. Additionally, she is retained by the NHSLA on ongoing matters involving misconduct under CPR44.11 for allegations of dishonesty within detailed assessment proceedings.
She appears in CCMCs where costs are a particular concern and where interpretation of the new budgeting regime is required.
Her non-contentious drafting and advisory work augments her contentious practice. She is developing a solicitor and own client practice.
She is a qualified Cost Lawyer and Mediator.
Year of Call: 2012
Finglands Coachways Ltd v Sebastian O’Hare  EWHC 1513 (QB)
Represented the Appellant before Mr Justice Cranston concerning the correct approach to the application of proportionality in detailed assessment.
Oliver Havenga (a child suing by his Litigation Friend and Mother Julie Havenga) v Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC B25 (QB)
Successfully representing the Respondent in an Appeal addressing the correct approach of the Appeal court following a budgeting hearing.
Gareth Hahn v NHS England (2015) LTL 24/09/2015
Successfully representing the Respondent in an Appeal before HHJ Wood QC addressing whether the Court could adopt a broad-brush approach to the quantification of an ATE premium.
Simon Shirtcliffe v Sandra Elizabeth Baker (2013) LTL 4/4/2013
Interpretation of the RTA Protocol in respect of the time for payment following settlement of damages.
Kevin Johnson v Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and (2015) (Unreported)
Lead by Alexander Hutton QC before RCJ Besford in an action concerning 63 linked cases and the question of the costs of detailed assessment following issues of conduct.
North Eastern Circuit
Association of Cost Lawyers
University of Leeds (LLB) 2003
Admitted to the Roll (2010)
Cost Lawyer (2011)
Dual Higher Rights of Audience (2011)
Legal 500, 2020
"Can be relied upon to deliver excellent service in costs matters."
Chambers UK 2020
"Her technical knowledge is second to none and is well beyond her year of call. When you instruct her you can have every confidence that she will do the very best for the client." "Erica is a tenacious litigator. She has won consistently for us even when we thought we could not win, because of the power of her advocacy and arguments."
Chambers UK 2018
"Erica is always willing to go that extra mile for her clients. She is a bright advocate and always a pleasure to deal with."
Chambers UK 2017
"A skilled advocate who is professional in her manner and convincing both in her presentation to the court and in her advice to the firm." "She is a strong advocate and a pleasure to work with."
Chambers UK 2016
"Her knowledge of the CPR and case law is second to none and her application of case law to the problem in question is impressive. She is a formidable advocate, with lightning fast recall of case law and a rare ability to interpret the CPR."
"Erica has a strong work ethic, a personable approach and the ability to provide astute advice on a variety of issues."
Chambers UK 2015
“She’s got experience beyond her year of call. You get a lot more than you paid for, and she also gives the impression that she will work her hind legs off for you”
“She’s incredibly well prepared, very willing to help and excellent on her feet. She argues your corner until she’s blue in the face”
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