Costs Lawyer (FACL)/Associate
Ben joined Keoghs in 2008 and is a qualified Costs Lawyer and Fellow of the Association of Costs Lawyers. Ben has been engaged in legal costs for over 20 years and has vast experience in all areas of both claimant and defendant costs. He has previously worked for solicitors in-house as well as external law costs draftsmen.
Ben attends costs hearings nationwide and also provides training seminars for both internal and external clients. He is also regularly engaged in coordinating strategic approaches for insurers and has previously successfully challenged the recoverability of counsel’s fees at infant approval hearings under the fixed RTA costs regime (Gidman v Patel). He is currently working with insurers on strategies to combat excessive costs claims and misconduct (Pirta v Shahi / Tucker v Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust).
Ben regularly deals with group litigation test cases; high value clinical negligence claims; large loss files; tax appeals; heavy commercial disputes and bills of costs in excess of £1million. His recent cases of note include O'Beirne v Hudson and Sulaman v Axa Insurance Plc & Another (both in the Court of Appeal); Pitt v HMRC and Dunhill v Burgin (both in the Supreme Court); and Tucker v Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust (SCCO).
Latest Insights by Ben Petrecz
In most walks of life, complexity and exceptionality are not difficult to identify or comprehend.
It is perhaps no secret that reducing the scope for significant and expensive costs disputes - ergo saving court time - is the real ethos behind introducing costs budgeting. Ben Petrecz take a closer look.
The Supreme Court recently looked at various issues concerning the recoverability of additional liabilities between parties in the post-Jackson era, in the case of Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd  UKSC 23.
Ever since the Jackson Reforms, legal practitioners have been in a state of uncertainty regarding how exactly the judiciary intend to give effect to the new definition of proportionality and the new test found at CPR 44.3(5). Ben Petrecz examines the issues involved.
Ben Petrecz and Howard Dean discuss approved costs budgeting and detailed assessment questioning the merits of each.
The time has now come to introduce an extensive regime of fixed costs for civil litigation, argued Lord Justice Jackson in his lecture of 28 January 2016. Ben Petrecz provides an update.