I am a qualified Costs Lawyer and Manager based mainly in our Sheffield office dealing with both the recovery of contentious legal costs and opposing claims for costs. I have a particular interest in multi-party actions and have advised Claimant Steering Groups in the British Coal Respiratory, Vibration White Finger and Coke Oven Worker litigations, which are amongst the largest class actions to date in this country.
I am regularly involved advising our specialist travel litigation teams, in relation to both individual and group actions arising from illness and accidents abroad on a broad range of costs issues. In addition, I have been involved in setting up and implementing costs schemes in product liability and abuse group actions.
Since the inception of budgeting in 2013 I have been involved in preparing budgets, advising on budgeting issues and undertaking advocacy at CCMC hearings on a regular basis. I have also undertaken application hearings to dispense with budgeting and to extend set budgets as well as attending costs direction hearings, application hearings to obtain interim payments on account of costs and detailed assessment hearings.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
The law was something that had always intrigued me and so I chose to study it at university, at the end of the course I started to look around at career options, I had always enjoyed working with numbers and so a position that combined both the law and figures seemed ideal.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I enjoy the mix of work ranging from getting to work with and develop our Trainees, to advising on high value group actions and attending Court.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I like working for a professional, forward looking firm where I truly believe the client comes first in all things. Due to the diverse nature of the firm, I get to work on a wide variety of files and consequential costs issues, it also means that I get to be involved at the forefront of an ever changing area of law.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
A young family takes up most of my time out of the office, but I do find time to follow the Sheffield Tigers speedway team whenever possible.