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LAW COSTS DRAFTING

AND NEGOTIATION SERVICES

About Us

Our team:

Richard Jack, Costs Lawyer and Director.

Richard has been working in costs since 2000 and is interested in most areas of legal costs (probably spending a little too much time in the office reading the latest decisions and articles). Richard qualified as a Costs lawyer in 2010.

Richard often deals with high-value or complex inter partes claims where the costs can exceed £500,000 but is equally happy to work on smaller cases. Richard is comfortable as a paying or receiving party.

He particularly enjoys negotiating with opponents and pushing for the best possible results.

Richard has been attending Detailed Assessment hearings and other costs related hearing since 2001. In his spare time Richard enjoys spending time with his family, and running.

Contact Richard on:

email richard.jack@westlakeslegal.co.uk
contact 01900 385285
twitter https://twitter.com/west_lakes
linkedin http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/richard-jack/19/3b4/3

Paul Mitchelhill, Costs Lawyer.

Paul is a Costs Lawyer with over 12 years’ experience in a broad range of areas, including clinical negligence, personal injury, commercial litigation and legal aid. Paul qualified as a costs lawyer in 2012. Paul has a keen interest in costs and prides himself on providing a ‘second to none’ approach to client care. Prior to joining us Paul had worked his way up from a trainee position to a senior role with a large firm of Law Costs Draftsmen.

Paul enjoys music, reading, various sports (including supporting Carlisle United), and spending time with his family.

Contact Paul on:

email paul.mitchelhill@westlakeslegal.co.uk
contact 01900 515001
twitter https://twitter.com/paulmwestlakes
linkedin https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/paul-mitchelhill/76/714/a41

Mathew Bell, Costs Lawyer.

Mathew is an experienced Costs Lawyer with over 12 years’ experience. He qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2012. Mathew combines experience in commercial litigation, clinical negligence, catastrophic injury, Court of Protection and solicitor & own client disputes, together with costs management and negotiations. Mathew is assured as a paying or receiving party.

Mathew has appeared as an advocate across the country in detailed assessment hearings and other costs related hearings.

In his leisure Mathew enjoys cycling, five-aside and supporting Carlisle United.

Contact Mathew on:

email mathew.bell@westlakeslegal.co.uk
contact 01900 515002

Robert Parness, Costs Lawyer.

Robert has over 20 years’ experience in civil costs, representing both paying and receiving parties in all aspects of civil costs from Bill drafting through to detailed assessment hearings as well as advising clients on technical points of costs law. Robert qualified as Costs lawyer in 2009.

Robert currently represents a number of nationally recognised firms, particularly in the field of clinical negligence. He appears in Courts all over the country both at detailed assessment and costs management hearings. A veteran of assessment hearings, including days long appointments in the SCCO, Robert has the knowledge and experience to advise clients accurately in difficult situations. Rob has also been a contributor to various legal journals over the years.

Contact Robert on:

email robert.parness@westlakeslegal.co.uk
contact 01900 515003

Ben Simpson Costs Lawyer.

Ben became a Law Costs Draftsman after completing his law degree (LLB) in 2010. Ben has over 9 years’ experience in costs and qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2019.

Since then Ben has accumulated experience in a wide range of costs matters, undertaking work for both paying and receiving parties in areas including catastrophic personal injury, clinical negligence, professional negligence, immigration, land disputes and high-value contractual disputes. He is familiar with all aspects of costs work including bill drafting, costs budgeting and advising / negotiating at all levels, including the Supreme Court.

In his spare time Ben enjoys various sports, socialising, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact Ben on:

email ben.simpson@westlakeslegal.co.uk
contact 01900 515004
linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/bensimpson2/

Chris Donnell, Costs Lawyer

Chris is a Costs Lawyer with over 16 years’ experience. He deals with all aspects of bill drafting and costs budgeting, specialising in high value Claimant Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury costs. Chris has vast experience in all aspects of the costs process, from drafting to negotiations and onto Replies to Points of Dispute. His attention to detail and knowledge allow him to draft high value bills of costs in order to maximise costs recovery.

Chris is an avid football fan and is a keen supporter of Carlisle United. He can often be found playing 5-a-side football, valiantly attempting to chase a ball that is always just out of reach. Chris is also a regular at his local gym, enjoys reading, days out with his family and watching films.

Contact Chris on:

email chris.donnell@westlakeslegal.co.uk
contact 01900 515005
linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-donnell-21290b4a/

Jemma Jack, Office manager

Jemma obtained a 2:1 in Law from Liverpool University and went on to work in a number of management roles from large corporate environments to small family firms.

Jemma looks after the day-to-day running of the business.

Contact Jemma on:

email jemma.jack@westlakeslegal.co.uk