Several well-known names in the costs world have joined a new costs ADR service.
Costs Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) brings together former Senior Costs Judge Peter Hurst, one-time SCCO colleague Colin Campbell, as well as 20 barristers and five costs lawyers.
The barristers include QCs Nick Bacon, Simon Browne, PJ Kirby and Ben Williams, as well as leading juniors such as Erica Bedford, Kevin Latham, Roger Mallalieu and Robert Marven.
Mr Campbell is a consultant at costs firm Kain Knight and three of the costs lawyers on the panel – Andrew Bennetts, Chris Butler and John Ivory – work for the firm too.
CADR offer the full range of services – arbitration, mediation, early neutral evaluation and expert determination – as well as provisional assessment and straightforward legal advice.
It has members available in London and the South East, Manchester, Leeds and the South West, and plans to expand the catchment area rapidly. CADR is also working with various ADR bodies and courts to provide a legitimate resource of costs expertise in Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, with further associations expected in North America.
Hannah Rawlins, CADR’s registrar said: “We are very pleased to launch CADR with a plethora of costs luminaries appointed on our panel. CADR’s experiences in dealing with the frustration of clients adapting to Jackson’s regime changes, research commissioned by UK Trade and Investment on legal costs in an international capacity, and the significant delays that are currently experienced in the Senior Courts Costs Office have subsequently formed the basis of the CADR concept.
“We are working closely with various ADR bodies in an attempt to place CADR in an environment where demand for a relevant and effective solution to costs issues has now become significant.
“Fuelled by the effects of the Jackson reforms and our expansion strategy, CADR will be looking to invite further costs experts onto the panel over the coming year.”