Housing 'a very successful costs team', Guildhall Chambers fields a number of juniors with solid expertise in costs and litigation funding. Areas of strength for the team include professional negligence cases concerning costs issues, costs appeals, and enforceability of funding arrangements. Oliver Moore is 'very knowledgeable in all things costs', and acts as head of the practice group in chambers. Highlights included James Bentley acting for the claimant in Bateman v Devon County Council, which involved issues concerning fixed costs after the claimant was injured while riding a motorcycle on a defective road; it was ruled that fixed costs did not apply and costs should instead be assessed as the case fitted into neither the road traffic accident or public liability protocols.
Costs in Regional Bar
‘Guildhall Chambers has a very successful costs team.’
‘Fantastic all round from top to bottom and great clerking.’
‘Guildhall Chambers is a large chambers with an impressive number of very good barristers assigned to it. I have never found a problem getting an appropriate barrister to take something on for me, even at quite short notice. I have always found that Guildhall looks after its instructing solicitors very well – pre-Covid there was at least 1 full day Claimant PI update training event that I would attend which was entirely free of charge and these have been continuing throughout the pandemic by way of remote zoom webinar presentations. I am also lucky to have been able to speak to barristers on an ad hoc and non charge basis in the past for a second opinion on a tricky issue and there is never a problem with that.’
‘Wendy Shaw and Olive Kavanagh. Two highly efficient and affable characters.’
‘All of the clerks are friendly, efficient and willing to go as far as possible to achieve an outcome for you. I particularly work with Wendy Shaw and Olive Kavanagh, both of whom are extremely efficient, easy to get hold of and talk to and have never let me down.’