Costs budgets and costs management orders under Part 3 of the CPR are now well established.  Parties in multi-track matters, in all but a few cases, find themselves having to deal with costs budgeting and costs management, potentially facing serious consequences if they get things wrong.

It has never been so important for parties to know what they are spending and are likely to spend in terms of legal costs as a case begins and progresses and to realistically budget for their case going forward.   That has recently been shown in cases from the Court of Appeal such as Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust [2017] WECA Civ 792.

It is crucial to get things right to maximise costs recovery if successful and minimise costs exposure if unsuccessful. We know it is not an easy task – looking into the future to quantify the expected, let alone the unexpected – but we are here to help.

Our team here at GWS Costs works with you at every stage to ensure the very best outcome for you and your client.  We are experienced in providing a comprehensive and reliable costs budgeting and costs management service, including:

  • The preparation of your client’s initial costs budget (Precedent H);
  • Considering and challenging your opponent’s costs budget including the preparation of Budget Discussion Reports (Precedent R) and submissions where necessary;
  • Undertaking between-the-party negotiations for you on costs budgets;
  • Where appropriate, attendance to represent your client at costs management hearings, and where necessary or desired, alongside you or your Counsel;
  • Where it is more appropriate or desired, working alongside you or your Counsel prior to the costs management hearing, preparing outline submissions to assist you or your Counsel when attending costs management hearings;
  • Ongoing advice (including any necessary updating of costs budgets) following the agreement or approval of costs budgets right up to and including detailed assessment of costs should that prove necessary.

We would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you and tailor our services to your needs.

We can work for you on a conventional and competitive hourly rate basis or on the basis of a fixed fee, whichever is most appropriate in your client’s case.

It is vital to have someone with experience who is on your side dealing with your costs budgeting and costs management needs.

For a free, no obligation discussion about how we can help, simply call us now on 020 3617 1904, email us at info@gws-costs.co.uk or complete a Free Online Enquiry and we will be happy to discuss.

Matthew Reach, Partner – Fox Williams

Outstanding service and expertise and very user-friendly.

Eddie Dervish, Partner – Hugh-Jones Solicitors

Efficient service, knowledgeable draftsman who don’t shy away from fighting the clients corner while providing realistic advice.

Martyn Caplan, Partner – Athena Law

GWS Costs has a wealth of technical knowledge when acting to maximise costs recovery.

Jason Kallis, Partner – Keystone Law

GWS Costs are our go to costs consultants.

Ali Akram, Senior Partner – Lexlaw

We instructed several costs firms until we found GWS Costs. Simon and William are the complete package. They always get to grips with any costs matter and provide high quality advice and guidance.

Graham Lea, Planning Consultant

They have never failed to achieve a good result for my clients in the many cases they have been instructed on over the years. They are brilliant.

Louise Plant, Head of Personal Injury – Prettys

GWS Costs were incredibly helpful, responsive, and clear, providing excellent advice on what was a challenging costs/retainer matter.

Jason Kallis, Partner – Keystone Law

There is little or nothing Simon Gibbs doesn’t know about when it comes to costs, and as a specialist cost advocate he always comes through with the right answer.

Graham Lea, Planning Consultant

I first made contact with GWS over fourteen years ago, when I was looking for assistance from a costs expert at 7.30 pm; they were the only ones I found who were still at their desks working.

Jonathan Waters, Partner – Helix Law

GWS Costs is on point and to the point. The best costs lawyers we have used.