We have extensive experience drafting both points of dispute on behalf of paying parties and points of reply on behalf of receiving parties in a wide range of practice areas. Our expertise in this area of work extends from the preparation of points of dispute and reply in relation to low value bills of costs to high profile multi-jurisdictional litigation, where the nature of the arguments raised can be highly complicated.
We are skilled in both identifying and responding to matters of principle concerning substantial amounts of costs, such as proportionality or hourly rates, before identifying or responding to specific points against individual items claimed within the bill of costs. We also have in-depth knowledge of technical challenges, including those concerning the validity of retainers, which often affect the entirety of the costs claimed.
Utilising our expertise in technical costs issues and knowledge of the relevant authorities, we ensure that we advance all possible arguments to either justify or defend the costs claimed. We always achieve the right balance between points of dispute and reply that are “short and to the point”, as required under Practice Direction 47, and drafting the points in a way that ensures they are persuasive and enables the parties and court to determine precisely what is in dispute and why.
At the point of preparing points of dispute and reply, we ensure that our clients are provided with pragmatic advice in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of their position, as well as the realistic level of costs that would be awarded at assessment so that they can make decisions with the best possible information and advice to hand.
To discuss how we can assist you with the preparation of points of dispute or reply, contact us using the details below.