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Kate, a Costs Lawyer, began her career in costs in 2004 and joined Paragon Costs in 2014. Throughout her career, Kate has gained in-depth knowledge of the key aspects of costs law. From preparing legal aid and civil bills of cost to negotiating, Kate brings a careful, considered approach to her work – allowing her to take a strong stance and get the best results for her clients.
Kate is well versed in preparing detailed bills, points of dispute and replies, and specialises in multi-million pound, complex catastrophic injury and civil legal aid cases. A skill that she brings to these cases is providing accurate cost assessments at each stage of the proceedings – whether for settlement meetings, preparing detailed bills of cost, or for negotiating on behalf of her clients. When preparing cost assessments or offering costs advice to clients, she plans for all eventualities, considering any issues the other side is likely to raise. It’s this attention to detail that allows her to take a strong stance when negotiating, so she can do her utmost to secure the best-possible outcome. Kate is also a keen advocate having conducted Detailed Assessment hearings and Costs Case Management Conferences.
Examples of Kate’s work include:
Conducting the costs aspects of a complex multi-million pound catastrophic injury case. This included preparing a schedule of costs for a joint settlement meeting followed by negotiating on behalf of the client. The outcome was successful, culminating in a two day detailed assessment hearing in the Cardiff District Registry.
Working on an extremely high value personal injury case involving a minor who sustained life-changing injuries in an RTA before he was born. Kate worked in-house to prepare a detailed bill of costs and provide realistic settlement advice – resulting in a swift settlement.