We can help. Gibbs Wyatt Stone are the defendant legal costs specialists. We act only for defendants. With GWS, conflicts of interest become a thing of the past. We have particular expertise in high value and complex legal costs litigation. We are specialists in dealing with retainer, CFA and ATE issues. Although we act in all types of civil costs dispute, we have particular expertise in catastrophic injury, disease and professional negligence claims.
GWS was created to fill the gap that existed in the legal costs market. GWS are not traditional law costs draftsmen, costs lawyers, legal costs negotiators or costs counsel. We are able to offer the level of expertise expected from specialist costs counsel and the range of services provided by traditional law costs draftsmen.
Are we genuine costs experts? Our fee earners write the Legal Costs Blog, the Costs Updates for the Solicitors Journal, provide numerous articles for the legal press including New Law Journal, Costs Lawyer and Personal Injury Law Journal and wrote the funding chapters for Claims Handling: Law and Practice – A Practitioner’s Guide. We regularly speak at industry and training conferences for insurers and solicitors.
Accurately valuing a third party claim for costs is crucial. Overvalue a claim and unnecessary legal costs will be paid out. Undervalue a claim and the matter will probably proceed to detailed assessment with no protection being provided by a sensible offer. Our extensive experience means we know what the courts are likely to allow. We can advise on that elusive well-pitched offer. If accepted, it will not be too generous. If rejected, it will put the other side at risk. We bring that same expertise to legal costs recovery for defendants.
When we recommend that a case is one to fight, you know you will have skilled advocates and genuine legal costs specialists acting on your behalf.
CPR 43 – Scope of Costs Rules and Definitions
Practice Direction to CPR 43
CPR 44 – General Rules about Costs
Practice Direction to CPR 44
CPR 45 – Fixed Costs
Practice Direction to CPR 45
CPR 46 – Fast Track Trial Costs
Practice Direction to CPR 46
CPR 47 – Procedure for Detailed Assessment of Costs and Default Provisions
Practice Direction to CPR 47
CPR 48 – Costs – Special Cases
Practice Direction to CPR 48
‘Great technical knowledge regarding all aspects of costs’