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Paul manages the costs team in our Liverpool office and with over 20 years’ experience he is regarded as an expert in the field of costs management. Paul is a regular commentator on the on-going impact of the civil justice reforms, advising clients on how the changes impact their strategy in dealing with claims and challenging third party costs.
Paul specialises in complex and high value costs disputes, with particular expertise in group litigation and abuse claims. In addition, he deals with costs in specialist areas such as marine, acting in arbitrations and has advised on multi-jurisdictional matters. With clients including large insurers, public bodies, banks and a wide range of businesses, Paul's experience includes advising on claims for costs of £18 million, matters with over 10,000 claimants, and bills assessed in the Supreme Court.
Paul is an expert on solicitor/client assessments and audits and has a growing client base of many of the UKs largest charities.
Latest Insights by Paul Edwards
Ever felt frustrated when you have been brought into proceedings unnecessarily and have no recourse to recover any costs when the claim fails?
A recent decision in the Senior Courts Costs Office has confirmed that, where a claim for damages is grossly inflated.
Where the letter of claim is sent after the 7th of May 2018 a new regime applies for claims worth less than £25,000 though it is currently unclear as to what extent the regime will apply to UK holidays. Paul Edwards examines the new rules and asks whether this could be seen as a missed opportunity.
The next step: Civil Justice Council to consider Fixed Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims
Last January 2017 the Department of Health launched its consultation to consider the potential for a scheme of fixed costs for claims where damages were between £1,000 and £25,000. The DoH has recently published its report summarising the responses it received to its consultation and setting out the next steps.