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Neil Clifford

Neil Clifford Co. Cost Lawyers & Consultants.
General Law

Contact Information:

163A Ashley Road
Hale , Cheshire WA15 9SD
United Kingdom
T: 01625549993
www.neilclifford.co.uk

Years in Business:

 

36

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Lawyers, Solicitors, Litigant in Person

About My Business:

 

I am a sole practitioner, Costs Lawyer and operate a Boutique Practice dealing in all aspects of Legal Costs on behalf of both Receiving and Paying Parties. I have been in the Legal Profession since 1971, and a full time Costs Draftsman since 1981 and have therefore a vast experience in Legal Costs and have acted and/or advised in a number of Leading Decisions in the field of costs, one of the most recent being Ultraframe (UK) Limited v Eurocell Profiles Limited. My clients range from Sole Practitioners through to City firms together with a number of quoted PLCs' via their In-House Counsel. On behalf of my clients I cover the whole ambit of costs work including preparation of bills of costs, budgets, statements for summary assessment or for security of costs applications. In addition I prepare points of dispute, replies and general advice on costs. I also deal with costs negotiations for both parties. Solicitors for the receiving partieshave reported an increase in their profit costs by instructing my firm to deal with the whole process of costs recovery. Solicitor client work is also a rapidly expanding part of my business not only advising in relation to costs, but assisting clients with choice of solicitors, making introductions where necessary and negotiating terms and conditions including alternative fee arrangements. It is anticipated with the advent of the Jackson Reforms there are likely to be an even greater number of solicitor client issues. It is my aim to deal with costs issues as quickly, efficiently and as economically as possible, using the courts as a last resort which is now being encouraged by the powers that be.Often round table meetings or mediation can play their part in this process. Conduct of the parties during litigation and it's consequences upon costs is also becoming an area which I am being asked to advise upon, and I provide innovative approaches to such issues. Being able to think "outside of the box" is an important ability in this day and age.

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