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Howard Dean

Howard Dean


Head of Costs

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Howard was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and advises a wide range of clients including major insurers, the ABI, NHS Resolution and Government Departments.

 He leads Keoghs National Costs Team and is recognised as a ranked individual for costs litigation by Chambers UK in 2021 with commentary, "He has an excellent strategic and tactical sense and a very good grasp of the relevant law”. He has successfully represented parties in many notable appeals including two in the Court of Appeal, the latest being Seabrook v Adam [2021] EWCA Civ 382.

 He is a client account manager for a major compensator and is a member of Keoghs Strategic Advice and Marker Affairs Team. Throughout his career, he has been heavily involved in civil justice reform, having advised as a member of the CJC Jackson working group on QOCS, Part 36, Proportionality and Litigation Funding. He sat on the CJC legal working group on Whiplash Reforms and was co-opted onto the CPRC electronic bill of costs working group..


Howard is a member of the FOIL Costs Sector Focus Group and a co-opted member of the FOIL National Executive.

Authored Insights

Costs orders for unreasonable behaviour in small claims

Guideline Hourly Rates are the problem, not the solution!

Court of Appeal provides welcome guidance as to recovery of Disbursements under Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC)

Landmark judgment: Identity of fee earners must be provided