Personal Injury Costs

St John's Chambers has a well-established costs team in the region, with leading personal injury barristers advising on costs and funding issues. Described as the 'go-to' for costs in the South West region by one client."

Legal 500  2021

Our Personal Injury team have extensive experience advising on costs and funding issues to solicitors, insurers, funders and litigants. Two of our members are ranked in costs litigation (Tier 1) in The Legal 500, and we are described as the ‘go-to’ for costs in the South West region.

We have particular expertise in the following:

  • Costs budgeting and orders
  • Costs capping orders
  • Costs disputes arising from the 2013 Jackson reforms
  • Costs implications of Part 36 offers
  • Detailed assessment hearings

Darren Lewis has appeared in some of the leading cases following the rule changes arising from Jackson, QOCS and fixed fees. James Marwick’s work has included detailed assessments in pre-LASPO multi-million settlement cases, frequent cost and case management work and advising on the validity of retainers.

Key cases include:

  • Casseldine v The Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility (a charity) before the Regional Costs Judge Phillips in Cardiff – QOCS protections where a pre Jackson CFA is terminated before proceedings are issued and a post Jackson CFA is entered in to. (Overturned by the Court of Appeal in Catalano v Espley-Tyas Development Group Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1132)
  • Bruno Manuel Dos Santos Mendes v Hochtief Construction (UK) Limited (2016) EWHC 976 (QB) against Nicholas Bacon QC in the High Court – on the recoverability of trial advocacy fees in cases that settle at the Court door.
  • Wynne v Miller Foundations – on the recoverability of VAT on the obtaining of medical records under the new rules.


We design and deliver many seminars and workshops and are always happy to provide bespoke training to meet your team’s individual needs. Please contact Annette Bushell, Practice Manager, to discuss the extensive portfolio of workshops and bespoke seminars that we offer clients.

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