Dan leads the complex injury costs team based in Southampton and deals with all aspects of costs practice. He has a vast amount of experience in dealing with large and complex costs matters from drafting costs budgets and bills of costs as well as opposing costs budgets and bills.
He has experience of dealing with costs matters not only from personal injury actions but also commercial disputes, banking and finance, insolvency, intellectual property, civil liberties and defamation. Dan is an expert in costs budgeting having started drafting budgets during the pilot that was conducted in the TCC.
He regularly conducts his own advocacy in the Senior Courts Costs Office, County and the High Court at costs case management conferences, detailed assessments and application hearings on behalf of insurer and government body clients. He has also appeared in Supreme Court dealing with costs arising out of complex and intricate legal points. He regularly provides costs training to insurer clients and internally to Complex Injury Lawyers at Keoghs.
From his experience acting as both a claimant and defendant personal injury lawyer he is able to fully understand the costs incurred or to be incurred in a case when dealing with bills, budgets or forecasting costs in complex cases as well as providing tactical assistance in large loss matters.
He is a key member of the wider costs team at Keoghs providing input on strategic litigation and projects to contain costs spend.
Dan is named as a Key Lawyer in the Legal 500 Keoghs entry for PI Defendant work in the south east. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Dan's most recent successful reported cases include Page v RGC Restaurants  EWHC 2688 (QB) and Scutchings v Gibbs (2018) CC (Manchester) (District Judge Davies) 11/06/2018.
Latest Insights by Dan Oldroyd
The Rules regarding costs management are very clear and well understood, but there are still numerous incidents of budgets being filed or served late. In cases with a pleaded value of £50,000 or less the budgets are to be filed and exchanged with the directions questionnaires. For all other cases they are to be filed and exchanged 21 days (and that is ‘clear’ days, see CPR 2.8(2)) before the first CMC, unless the court orders otherwise.
Client Alerts 05/05/2020
The latest Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) Committee meeting minutes for March 2020 contain proposals for material changes to cost management. Amended Rules and linked Practice Direction (along with a new Precedent form) are awaiting approval which will entail legislative approval by Statutory Instrument. With the Covid-19 crisis, it is unclear when the new provisions will come into force but tentatively this could happen by October 2020.
Client Alerts 26/11/2019
In Lai Ho v Adelekun  EWCA Civ 1988, the Court of Appeal provided guidance regarding the applicable costs regime on claims that are subject to fixed costs, the implications of CPR 36.13 and the use of the words ‘assessed’ or ‘standard basis’ within a settlement offer.
Applications for interim payments on account of costs before a matter has settled are common in high value, long running cases.
A change to costs budgeting comes into force on 1 October 2019 as part of the 109th update to the Civil Procedure Rules.
Interim payments during the life of a claim.