Free Guide available

I have recently published a free guide “3 common mistakes made by clients in challenging solicitors’ fees”.

The guide covers:

  • The 3 biggest mistakes clients make when faced with solicitors’ bills.
  • How you can avoid making those mistakes.
  • What to do if you receive a solicitor’s bill with which you are unhappy.

To request a free copy of the guide, please click here.

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student wins
blogging award
from bar council

The Bar Council’s Placement Scheme arranges for students from non-traditional backgrounds to spend a week in a set of chambers to experience life at the Bar. This year I hosted a fantastic student, Aisha.

Aisha wrote a blog about her experience in chambers which included an interview with me, and it won the Bar Council’s competition. It is published on the Bar Council’s website as part of its #IamtheBar campaign.

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Wellbeing article
published on Bar Council website
and quoted in the Times

I have an interest in wellbeing for lawyers. Practising as a lawyer can require considerable resilience and it is important that this is recognised and supported within the profession.

I am a member of 4 New Square’s wellbeing Committee and drafted its wellbeing policy for staff and barristers; I help organise an annual wellbeing event in Gray’s Inn; I am also Gray’s Inn’s representative on the Bar Council’s Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group.

Its excellent website can be found here.

Speaking at Costs Conference

Direct access work featured in Internet Newsletter for Lawyers

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Successful claim against boxing promoter

I assisted Nick Bacon QC in successfully acting for solicitors pursuing fees against a boxing promoter, overcoming a challenge to the assignment of Conditional Fee Agreements. I represented the solicitors successfully in the High Court on an appeal about disclosure of privileged legal advice.

Success in defending solicitor at trial

I acted, with Jamie Smith QC, for a solicitor in successfully defending a claim alleging negligence in failing to contest a will. The main asset of the estate was the substantial balance of a Swiss bank account. Judgment was handed down in March 2018 by HHJ Partfitt in the Central London County Court.

Speaking, with Ben Patten QC,
on property fraud claims

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Speaking at
Eversheds Sutherland’s
Cardiff Costs Event

Fixed recoverable
costs regime-
latest report

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