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Leading Juniors

Erica Bedford – Kings Chambers ‘Erica is the epitome of what you want in a costs advocate. She has an incredible grasp of the technicalities in costs law, and her advocacy is both tenacious and extremely thorough.’
Andrew Hogan – Kings Chambers ‘Andrew is calm and efficient with an extensive knowledge of all areas of costs law. He always keeps the client at the heart of his advice.'
Paul Hughes – Kings Chambers ‘Paul is extremely knowledgeable and analytical, with a meticulous eye. He is highly responsive, pragmatic, and gives practical advice.'
Kevin Latham – Kings Chambers ‘Kevin's legal knowledge and attention to detail is superb. He is a very balanced and persuasive advocate.’
Margaret McDonald – Kenworthy’s Chambers ‘Margaret is a highly regarded advocate who can always be relied upon to fight any case and is always thoroughly prepared.'
Gemma McGungle – 18 St John Street ‘Gemma is a fearless advocate - experienced and robust. She is articulate and always well prepared.’
Craig Ralph – Kings Chambers ‘Craig is a brilliant advocate: his manner inspires confidence from the outset, and he is incredibly reassuring. He is extremely thorough, getting to grips with the whole breadth of his cases and cuts them down to the key issue in a way that makes it all incredibly simple.’
Matthew Smith – Kings Chambers ‘Matthew is a fountain of costs knowledge. He has a sharp intellect and his advocacy is precise and robust. He responds well under pressure.'
Richard WilcockExchange Chambers ‘Richard's advocacy is accomplished, and he is able to unpick the complexities of a legal case and explain the important points to the client in a comprehensible manner. An analytical and methodical junior.'

Rising Stars

John Meehan – Kenworthy’s Chambers ‘John has remarkable knowledge of and expertise in all aspects of costs matters, and he is extremely intelligent. He provides expert advice and he has a formidable reputation as an advocate, always conducting himself with panache.’
James Miller – 18 St John Street Chambers James has excellent technical knowledge of costs law, and is a down-to-earth and robust advocate. A conscientious junior and a master of his brief.'

Costs in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers stands out as ‘a go-to set for costs work’. Erica Bedford is ‘the gold standard for costs barristers‘ according to instructing solicitors, and practice head Kevin Lathamhas the respect of the costs judges he appears before due to his grasp of the details, knowledge of costs law, and pragmatism‘. Costs specialist Craig Ralph is ‘a robust and knowledgeable advocate who never fails to hold the attention of the court when he is on his feet‘. The ‘superb advocatePaul Hughes is sought after for his expertise in advising on solicitor own client disputes and wasted costs orders. Recent work for the team includes Andrew Hogan appearing before the Court of Appeal in a case concerning whether a court order for permission to accept a part 36 offer out of time causes the claimant to lose QOCS protection.


‘Kings Chambers offers an extremely wide level of expertise and has strength in depth, from the highest quality silks to emerging stars. It is always possible to find the right level of advice at the right price for the client.’

‘The costs team at Kings Chambers is one of the best in the country.’

‘Kings Chambers is a go-to set as it has an incredible pool of talent.’

‘Kings Chambers is a well-versed and respected set in relation to costs litigation. It has a number of counsel who are powerhouse specialists in the area.’

‘The clerks are uniformly excellent, and Gary Young is the star of the show.’

‘Harry Young is a superb clerk; no job is too small and he is always on hand to assist and be flexible with arrangements.’

‘Harry Young is very approachable and commercially minded. He manages the work of the costs counsel very efficiently and will go out of his way to attend to his clients’ needs.’

‘Harry Young is open and honest about capacity, ensuring that the service promised is the service delivered.’