Part of the CostsTeam
Tom is a Senior Lawyer (FCILEx), having worked within costs for several years at a nationwide firm of solicitors and a specialist consultancy. He has a strong understanding of the statutes and case law which govern costs, enabling him to justify costs when advocating at Court and in written pleadings.
He regularly prepares skeleton arguments on highly technical points of law and advocates in the High Court and Senior Courts Costs Office. Tom has had recent successes in respect of the implications of a costs management order on detailed assessment; overturning a decision regarding the post-LASPO test of proportionality; and fending off fixed costs arguments raised by paying parties.
In addition to advocacy and preparation of documents, Tom endeavours to employ strategic thinking to his costs related advices so that his clients and their solicitors are well informed of the merits and limitations of the available strategies. Tom’s advices are designed to be user-friendly and succinct but also providing all the necessary legal citations and ultimately his legal opinion.
Tom has an economics degree from Manchester University, achieved a commendation on the LPC and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.