How to dispute solicitors’ fees

Free Guide available

I have recently published a free guide on how to challenge solicitors’ fees”.

The guide covers:

  • The 3 most essential tips for challenging solicitors’ fees.
  • Avoiding the most common mistakes in disputing lawyers’ bills.
  • 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.

guide to challenging solicitors' bill
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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.

In December 2018 I was honoured to be elected a bencher of Gray’s Inn. In January 2019 I attended my first bencher’s meeting, known as “pension” and was awarded my “voice and vote”, the right to speak and take part in votes on matters of importance in the Inn.

Barristers normally object to images of gavels: they are not actually used in courts in England and Wales, but are used in news stories because people are familiar with them from American courts. However, in Gray’s Inn the Treasurer does have a gavel to use in pension meetings!

04.10.18: I have been recognised as a “Legal Influencer”  by legal website Lexology, in its legal content awards.

Apparently “the Lexology content marketing awards reward those law firms and individuals which consistently produce useful, insightful legal content for our subscribers.”

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You can visit the Lexology website here.

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Wellbeing article
published by Bar Council
and quoted in the Times

I have an interest in wellbeing for lawyers. Practising as a lawyer can require considerable resilience and this should be 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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