The landscape of legal costs in clinical negligence has changed drastically in recent years. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 abolished the recoverability of success fees between the parties; the introduction of costs management now enables the court to control the parties’ expenditure throughout the proceedings; and a series of further practical measures have been incorporated into the Pre-Action Protocol for the Resolution of Clinical Disputes with the aim of controlling costs.
We have expertise in all aspects of legal costs in a wide range of complex and substantial clinical negligence cases in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice and the County Courts.
We deliver a comprehensive legal costs service in claims brought on behalf of individuals who have been provided with substandard care by medical professionals, which has caused injury or an existing condition to worsen.
We have considerable experience dealing with the legal costs of cases relating to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, incorrect treatment, surgical mistakes, and instances where treatment was provided without consent. Our expertise includes preparing costs budgets, bills of costs and other costs-related court documents in a wide range of clinical negligence disputes, including:
- Claims relating to birth injuries;
- Brain injuries;
- Cancer misdiagnosis;
- Cerebral palsy;
- General practitioner negligence;
- Spinal injury; and
- Surgical injury.
With an in-depth understanding of the characteristics of legal costs in clinical negligence claims, our clients rely on our expertise during the costs management process. We prepare costs budgets that accurately reflect the important interaction between case and costs management by reference to proportionality in clinical negligence. By preparing accurate costs budgets with clear underlying assumptions and closely monitoring the same thereafter, we give our clients the best possible opportunity of maximising recovery of their legal costs.
Our clients also rely on our expertise during the detailed assessment procedure. We are experienced in preparing substantial bills of costs in clinical negligence claims. Clinical negligence claims often involve arguments in relation to the proportionality of costs, hourly rates and whether there is ‘good reason’ to depart from a costs budget. Our in-depth knowledge and technical expertise in these evolving areas of costs enables us to achieve outstanding results for our clients.
To discuss how we can assist you with legal costs services in clinical negligence claims, contact us using the details below.
Services in Clinical Negligence
We help to address and resolve multifaceted challenges in relation to all aspects of legal costs, tailoring our strategic approach to address the specific objectives of our clients.
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