The Costs Team at One Crown Office Row is of longstanding. Guy Mansfield QC (former Chairman of the Bar) and Sarah Lambert are listed as leading practitioners in costs in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. The Legal 500, 2008, describes the Costs team as follows-
One Crown Office Row's barristers win plaudits for being 'sympathetic with clients' and 'robust advocates' who are also 'skilled negotiators'.
Members used to represent Area Legal Aid Committees, subsequently the Legal Aid Board, in judicial review challenges. Since then, Members have been involved in a wide range of cases involving costs and funding disputes-
• Summary and detailed assessment
• Enforceability of Conditional Fee Agreements
• ATE insurance
• Terms of retainer
• Hourly rates
• Costs of litigants in person
• Split costs awards
• Interest on costs
• Wasted costs
• Costs capping
Members contribute on costs topics in textbooks -
• Personal Injury Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell)
• Ethics for Advocates (Law Society) forthcoming
• Human Rights and Common Law (Hart Publishing)
• Jowitt's dictionary of English law (Sweet & Maxwell) forthcoming
Guy Mansfield QC and Sarah Lambert represented Managers and Processors of Claims Ltd (funders of experts' fees in CFA case) in the major test case on Third Party Funders - Arkin v Borchard and Others (2005) CA.
Members of the team bring the strength that they are all substantial mainstream practitioners with expertise in professional negligence, personal injury and public law. They bring a keen and practical insight into the underlying subject matter, coupled with first class advocacy skills.
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