AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Paul is a highly experienced costs practitioner with particular expertise in procedural law and the costs of actions based on negligence (such as personal injury, clinical negligence, etc), including group litigation. He is an experienced cross-examiner, and is frequently instructed to deal with disputes concerning conduct, misconduct, wasted costs and non-party (third-party) costs orders. Since 2013 Paul has been heavily involved in assisting firms with managing the transition to the post-Jackson world, having given business advice and undertaken substantial non-contentious work in this regard. Paul also advises on managing 'broken retainers' and resolving disputes concerning the indemnity principle, both from the paying and the receiving party's points of view. He now practises exclusively in this area, with a national practice that regularly includes disputes with a value in excess of £1m. Paul has appeared at all levels, including in the Court of Appeal in the landmark case on interest on costs, Simcoe v Jacuzzi UK Group Plc  EWCA Civ 137. Whilst highly regarded for his advocacy, Paul tries to bring a pragmatic and commercial approach to cases and will seek to keep clients out of court if at all possible; in view of that, he is adept at dealing with figures as well as the law.
Significant Reported Cases:
The Grange Medical Centre v NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group  EWHC 2888 (Admin) (whether and in what circumstances a Claimant may make a claim for costs incurred prior to the decision which is subsequently the subject of proceedings for judicial review)
Simcoe v Jacuzzi UK Group Plc  EWCA Civ 137 (whether interest on costs is to run from the date of entitlement or the date of assessment) (with Mark Friston).
Amin & Anor v Mullings & Anor  EWHC 278 (QB) (meaning of “concluded at trial” within CPR 45.16 and CPR 45.17) .
Hanley v Greening & Sykes and others (2 July 2009, HHJ Grenfell sitting as High Court Judge, Leeds District Registry) (effect of Court of Appeal costs orders in related litigation - (Nelson v Greening & Sykes Builders Ltd  EWCA Civ 1358).
Blackmore v Cummings & Others  EWCA Civ 1276 (the test to be adopted in relation to applications for a payment on account of costs) (with Mark Friston).
Jones v Caradon Catnic Ltd  EWCA Civ 1821 (whether a claim for a 120% success fee constituted a material breach of the CFA Regulations 2000) (with Mark Friston)
Year of Call: 2001
Paul is one of only three barristers to qualify as a Costs Lawyer and Commissioner for Oaths.
Paul is a qualified mediator and CADR Panel Member.
"A very able and experienced costs lawyer." Legal 500, 2020
Paul has been ranked in Chambers and Partners since 2008.
Chambers UK 2020 said "Always happy to help and point practitioners in the right direction on costs issues." "He presents his cases well and secures excellent outcomes."
Chambers UK 2018 said "Paul has a wealth of technical knowledge and is an articulate and very persuasive advocate who can think on his feet and deal with any costs matter, no matter how large or technical."
Chambers has described Paul as “a forward thinking practitioner with gravitas beyond his years.” Clients are “equally impressed with his abilities in technical matters and on his feet”, praising him for his “strong opinions and advice” and “good grasp of technical issues.”
Paul was described in Chambers UK 2015 as: "... an exceptional advocate, always very well organised and prepared, and very persuasive."
In Chambers UK 2016, Paul was described as “robust and effective. He knows when to make the right points, when to push and when to stop talking, which is a skill” and having “great expertise and knowledge regarding costs law and a great way of putting costs arguments.”
In Chambers UK 2017, Paul is said to be "very knowledgeable in respect of the costs arena."
Most recently, in Legal 500 2018 Paul is said to be ‘Fiercely intelligent and a very robust advocate.’
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