Darren is the Deputy Team Leader of the Negotiations Team at our Sheffield office. He is also one of our internal Advocates representing clients at Costs Hearings for both paying and receiving party matters across the country.
Darren was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2011, is a Graduate Member of CILEX and has a wealth of knowledge in relation to costs having specialised in this area since 2012. Darren has a keen interest in CPR 45 Fixed Costs disputes and advises internally on personal injury matters but also costs issues for the General Counsel, Real Estate, Wills & Trusts and Family teams. Darren takes on cases of varying value and complexity, negotiating the recovery of legal costs for clients both in the UK and abroad.
Darren has been heavily involved at every level of the judicial system relating to costs, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
- Obtained the first Order on behalf of Irwin Mitchell from Regional Costs Judge Searl in Newcastle for the Defendant to re-draw their points of dispute as they were not fit for purpose; applying Ainsworth v Stewarts Law (2019).
- Successfully defeated the Defendant’s application to strike out/ redraw a bill of costs due to it being procedurally incorrect; AKC v Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (SC-2019-BTP-000551; Master Nagalingam)
- Defeated the Defendant’s argument of asking court to depart from every phase of budget on the basis of Barts Health NHS Trust v Salmon. The Claimant was significantly under budget in all phases and DJ Griffiths sitting in Birmingham agreed with our submissions that the cases of, Chapman (DJ Lumb, Birmingham CC) and Utting (Master Brown, SCCO), applied and that there was an illogical prospect to the Defendant’s argument.
"I was referred to Darren Malone in relation to some tricky costs issues raised in a complaint I dealt with last year. He did a great job on the matter and achieved a much needed breakthrough in communications to progress it."- Client Care & Resolution Officer
"Thank you for all of your help with this – a sterling job reflected in a great settlement." - Laura Daly - Senior Associate
"What a fabulous result! Thank you so much for that. Darren has secured a massive reduction in the costs for us on this matter." - General Counsel
"You have been so kind to us thank you so much Darren." - Jan, Client
"Hi there, just wanted to let you know that Darren was a great help to us and got on with him very well." - Marco, Client