Neil undertakes a wide range of costs work, and has particular experience of cases concerning the costs consequences of Part 36 offers. He appeared for the successful claimant in the recent Court of Appeal of Webb which set out the principles to be applied when a claimant beats a Part 36 offer but does not succeed on all issues in the case.

Neil has acted in a number of judicial review cases involving protective costs orders, and he has regularly acts for the Lord Chancellor in cases concerning criminal defending funding.

Selected Cases

  • Webb v Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust [2016] 1 WLR 3899: Part 36; principles to apply if claimant beats Part 36 offer but only succeeds on some issues in the case.
  • R (Litvinenko) v Secretary of State for Home Department [2013] EWHC 3135: protective costs orders in judicial review claims; public interest; claimant’s means.
  • Wilson v Ministry of Defence [2013] CP Rep 33: Part 36; preliminary issues; meaning of ‘trial has started’ in CPR 36.9(3)(d).
  • Eastenders v HMRC [2012] STC 2036: application of s.144(2)(b) of CEMA 1979 to costs recover following successful claim.
  • Lord Chancellor v McLarty & Co [2012] 1 Costs LR 190: interpretation and application of Litigators Graduated Fee Scheme; special preparation fee; audio recordings.
  • Lord Chancellor v Michael J Reed & Co [2010] 1 Cost LR 72: criminal Defence Service (Funding) Order 2007; special preparation fee; DVD footage.
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