I am a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, and have held senior legal and management positions in ‘blue chip’ firms, national and provincial practices.
I graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with an LL.B. (Hon’s) Law degree. I then undertook a Master’s Degree in International Sports Law from the internationally recognised TMC Asser Instituut at The Hague, Netherlands, in conjunction with the Anglia Sports Law Research Centre, where I was awarded an LL.M. I undertook the Legal Executives exams and became a Charted Fellow of the Institute in 2007. I have also gained a Diploma in Law and in Adult Education.
My career began as an office junior in a North London practice. I progressed through the ranks to become a Chartered Fellow Legal Executive specialising in civil litigation and costs, becoming joint head of the fast-track litigation. I then moved into costs law taking the opportunity to work alongside one of the country’s leading experts in the field. I became Head of Costs at a top 100 law firm establishing a team of 30 staff. I was then head-hunted to join a leading legal aid practice in London, becoming the Head of Costs implementing and streamlining practice to ensure that the costs were recovered.
I have many years’ experience in all aspects of pre and post-CPR issues from initiation of proceedings through to the recovery of legal costs. Having run my own case load and managed teams (both in litigation and costs) I bring an extensive experience in the conduct of proceedings. My costs experience involves undertaking a breadth of work from small claims, legal aid action costs including costs on inter-party bills, through to the arbitration on multi-million pound multi-jurisdictional cases. I have prepared bills of costs for the County Court, High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and Maritime Arbitration through to the Supreme Court and Privy Council.
I have significant experience in regards to projected costs and have prepared numerous budgets and attended hundreds of CCMC hearings. I have extensive experience in the preparation and justification of costs in a wide range of complex, high value commercial and civil actions including marine arbitration, professional negligence, clinical negligence and entertainment copyright costs. I have been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to provide advice.
I have has also been a lecturer in law, delivering various talks and seminars on the issue of costs.
I moved into costs to assist with the Claims Direct Test Cases, and assisted with The Accident Group Test Cases. I assisted in the transformation of CPR 45 in respect of fixed costs and also recoverable disbursements. In the field of arbitration I was instructed to prepare the costs arising from the Benedetti v Sawiris cases in all tiers. I was instructed on the preparation of costs in Minder Music v Sharples (IPEC court), and was instructed to represent the paying party (Defendant/Respondent) in all tiers in Loveridge v London Borough Lambeth. I worked as part of a team on the complex commercial matter known as UBS v Depfa. My experience has spanned a multitude of cases including those of highly vulnerable persons.
I enjoy skiing with my family and many outdoor pursuits. I have acted as trustee for charities and, as a keen cyclist I founded a cycling group which raises funds for various cancer charities, special care baby units and Help for Heroes. I enjoy singing and have sung with HM Royal Engineers band, I am also a former secretary of a choir. I enjoy musical theatre and I have appeared in many professional shows. I have sat on various boards such as the Kent Masonic Library and Museum.
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