Head of the Costs Team
Samuel is Head of Costs at Bolt Burdon Kemp, having previously held senior legal and management positions in the largest Costs Solicitor practices in the UK.
Having graduated from Swansea University with an LLB, Samuel began his costs career within a national insurance solicitors firm, subsequently completing the CILEX Graduate Fast Diploma and later studied the LPC at the College of Law Bloomsbury.
In addition to the above qualifications, he is an Accredited Mediator, having studied the bespoke Costs Mediation Course at the internationally recognised London School of Mediation.
He has attained expert experience of all aspects of post-CPR issues from the outset of proceedings to recovery of legal costs. By virtue of his varied legal training Samuel is able to approach the fundamentals of costs from a different perspective to traditional Costs Lawyers.
Samuel has vast knowledge in a wide range of legal costs issues, including international arbitration costs, multi-jurisdictional litigation and more routine England and Wales based costs claims. He has experience of all number of complex litigation and non-contentious costs issues both from paying and receiving party perspective in addition to solicitor and own client.
His experience includes Commercial and Personal Injury litigation costs within the following contexts; banking, defamation, fraud, intellectual property, anti-competition, disaster litigation and international contract, abuse, clinical negligence, professional negligence and serious personal injury litigation.
Samuel regularly appears as an advocate in the RCJ High Court, SCCO and County Courts.
He is well versed on the technical side of costs and contract law to include advices and drafting on retainers, costs issues, creative funding and strategy.
PME v Scouts Association (2019) SCCO (judgment awaited) – Appeal concerning jurisdiction of Authorised Costs Officer within the Provisional Assessment Process and the approach to appeals within Provisional Assessment
XDE v North Middlesex University Hospital (2018) SCCO – Legal Aid to CFA switch (currently under appeal listed in High Court 24th May 2019)
Adelekun v Lai Ho  10 WLUK 668 – County Court Appeal before HHJ Wulwik, contracting out of fixed costs (currently under appeal listed in Court of Appeal 30th October 2019)
Ayton v RSM Bentley Jennison  EWHC 2851 (QB) – Establishes that parties may issue proceedings purely in pursuit of costs and also dealt with the test for disallowing Part 36 additional benefits
Yirenkyi v MOD  11 WLUK 53 – Approach to Costs Management
Jallow v MOD  4 WLUK 405 – Interplay between Costs Management and Detailed Assessment and interpretation of CPR 44.3(5)(a) on the basis of settlement value
Nash v MOD  2 WLUK 539 – status of an agreed budget, departure from Costs Management Orders and Proportionality
CRS v Lorna Peires  7 WLUK 476 – various issues relating to solicitor and own client costs and bills
AMH v Scouts Association (2015) SCCO – Legal Aid to CFA switch