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Legal Costing

Our aim is to maximise the recovery of costs in cases where an order for costs is made in the client's favour or where an order for costs is made against the client to reduce the level of costs payable.

Our team has over 40 years experience in costs law, specialising in publicly funded and civil litigation costs, drafting bills of costs and replies and negotiating costs to settlement. This includes brain injury cases valued up to £3.2 million.

The services we provide include:

  • Preparation of cost budgets
  • Preparation of schedules of costs and subsequent negotiation
  • Preparation of detailed bills of costs for assessment at court
  • Preparation of points of dispute to the bill of costs
  • Preparation of replies to points of dispute along with subsequent negotiation. 
  • In the event that agreement cannot be reach without recourse to the court we will arrange for costs counsel to attend at the detailed assessment hearing. 

Legal Aid Costs

FAMILY
Claim 1 & 1A 6% of profit costs – minimum charge £50 + VAT
Detailed bill Pre 01.07.08 certificates - 6% of profit costs – minimum charge £90 + VAT
  Post 01.10.07 - Prescribed rates (claimed in bill limited to 6%) save where case not exceptional 6% of profit costs
   
CARE
Claim 1A 6% of profit costs
Detailed bill  Pre 01.10.07 – 6% of profit costs – minimum charge £100 + VAT
  Post 01.10.07 - Prescribed rates (claimed in bill limited to 6%) save where case not exceptional 6% of profit costs
   
CIVIL
Claim 1 6% of profit costs – minimum charge £50 + VAT
Detailed bill Prescribed rates (claimed in bill limited to 6%)
Legal aid assessment certificates £25 + VAT
High costs case plans prescribed rates (claimed in bill limited to 6%)
   
CRIME
Litigator fee claims (LF1) £30 + VAT
Litigator fee appeals (LF2) £20 + VAT
Advocacy fee claims (AF1) £30  + VAT
Assessed bills (5144) 6% of profit costs – minimum charge of £50 + VAT

 

Litigation Costs

  • Allocation and listing questionnaire estimates of costs
  • N260 summary assessment schedule of costs
  • Schedule of costs for negotiation
  • Detailed bills of costs for assessment
  • Request for default costs certificates
  • Points of dispute to bill of costs
  • Replies to points of dispute
  • Negotiation and formulating part 47 offers
  • Brief to costs counsel

The above work is undertaken at SCCO guideline rates for the experience of the fee earner instructed.

We can offer our services on a discounted CCFA so to limit your costs to those that are recovered from the opponent or £100 per hour plus VAT where your costs are not recoverable from the opponent.

Court Of Protection Costs

Short form bills - £100 + VAT

Detailed bill for provisional assessment – (Grade C SCCO Guideline rates as claimed in bill)

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97% of our clients would recommend us to a friend
(Ongoing Client Survey)

I have been using the Banner Jones Costs drafting team to prepare my legal aid bills, for over a year. I find their service to be extremely prompt, accurate and cost effective. They are always happy to answer my queries, and discuss issues that arise. One big advantage is that, as solicitors themselves, they understand the problems that high street firms face in dealing with public funding issues and are able to offer straightforward practical advice. I have been very impressed with the work they have done for me and would recommend them very highly.

Mr P Jones Dean Thomas & Co Worksop

Chesterfield Law Centre regularly use the legal costing services of Banner Jones for our Housing certificated work and are extremely pleased with the level of service we receive, "the work is consistently of a high and accurate standard, our bills are then processed by the LAA without reduction. We would highly recommend the service."

Lisa Haythorne, Chesterfield Law Centre

Having recently used the costs service at Banner Jones I was very impressed with the work done. The work was done speedily and well within the time limits I was working to. I was impressed with the documents prepared and the advice given. Stephen Haythorne Solicitor - Sheffield City Council

Stephen Haythorne Solicitor - Sheffield City Council

Graysons with Watsom Esam Solicitors have been utilising the cost drafting service of Banner Jones for the last 6 months particularly for our Family Law and Legally Aided matters. We have been highly satisfied with the service provided. We would particularly commend upon the speed of return, the accuracy of the billing and the assistance given to ourselves and the Fee Earners specificallywhere issues have arisen. This has allowed us to improve our own efficiency and profitability

Kate Fitzpatrick, Graysons with Watsom Esam Solicitors

Excellent service due to business relationship with our solicitor.

Mr A, Chesterfield

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