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Leading Juniors

Erica Bedford – Kings Chambers 'Erica has great tenacity, drive, energy and client care, and she provides clear explanations and gets excellent results. She is a fearless advocate who is undaunted by any problems presented and she never fails to deliver.'
Paul Hughes – Kings Chambers 'Paul is a very thorough individual who is totally on top of his area of specialism with regards to costs. This is often a very technical area now for solicitors and it is always useful to know that Paul is readily available to provide reassurance and a degree of expertise with regard to these issues. He is very good on paper and a strong advocate. Paul is a first port of call, and is keen, sharp and perceptive.'
Kevin LathamKings ChambersKevin is technically very strong and also possesses excellent commercial acumen. He is always willing to provide an honest appraisal of prospects, leaving solicitors confident that they can rely on his advice when preparing the strategic advice to the client.’
Margaret McDonald – Kenworthy’s Chambers 'Margaret's key strength is her preparation and attention to detail. She is realistic with regards to prospects and her advice will be the best practical advice available. Her knowledge on the subject matter and her insight sitting as a Deputy District Judge is invaluable. her post-hearing notes are a work of art and show the thoroughness and degree of preparation that she spent on the matter. For the client, the results are what counts and she certainly delivers on that front.'
Gemma McGungle  – 18 St John Street   ‘Gemma has a very sound knowledge of the issue of Costs Law generally and has exceptional knowledge on Solicitor Client matters. She is a very able barrister who will give straight advice without too much hesitation.’
Craig Ralph – Kings ChambersCraig is fantastically knowledgeable about all aspects of costs litigation. This, combined with his great advocacy skills, is a winning combination in court. He is happy to provide informal advice or explanations where needed and is very user friendly, being directly contactable by phone.'
Matthew Smith – Kings Chambers 'Matthew has great attention to detail, is easy to work with and a good advocate.'

Costs in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

Kings Chambers  ‘has a considerable strength’ and ‘is the pre-eminent set in the North‘. Its members advise on a wide range of matters, including detailed assessments, appeals, fixed costs disputes, solicitor own client disputes and allegations of misconduct. Matthew Smith has significant expertise in handling niche areas of costs law, such as novel points of principle, costs in tribunals and children-related cost matters. Kevin Latham specializes in cost litigation and both he and Paul Hughes have extensive experience advising on wasted and third party costs orders.

Testimonials

Set

‘Good, in-depth coverage for costs work with well respected specialists.’

‘Kings is the strongest set in the costs arena outside London with a number of options in terms of individual Counsel.’

‘Kings Chambers has a considerable strength and depth from junior to very senior level and is the pre-eminent set in the North. As a consequence of that strength and depth, there is always available and suitable counsel that can offer a bespoke service on a variety of matters.’

‘Great to deal with, a wealth of experience across a number of levels and strength in depth. Given the size of their costs practice there is invariably somebody who has come across whatever issue you throw at them.’

Clerking

‘ Great service and great clerks who are very amenable and approachable. Given the size of the team, they can often be flexible to make things work for you.’

‘The clerk service is excellent and particular credit must be given to Harry Young, Gary Young and Brandon Singh. They are always responsive, friendly and willing to please.’

‘The clerking is second to none. Harry Young stands out for his attentiveness and commitment to providing the best possible service. This has been particularly evident during the pandemic, with Harry’s service always remaining at the very highest level, whether he’s working from home or in Chambers.’

‘Clerks are always helpful.’

‘The clerking team is good; very helpful with a good understanding of commercial litigation matters, and very responsive. Led by Gary Young, who is superb.’