Jackson unveils group of 14 assessors to help with fixed costs review

Marshall: one of three practising solicitors in group

Marshall: one of three practising solicitors in group

Lord Justice Jackson has unveiled a group of 14 assessors to help him with his review of fixed recoverable costs – including more practising barristers (four) than practising solicitors (three), along with one costs lawyer.

He also announced that the deadline for written submissions has been extended by one week, to Monday 23 January 2017, to assist respondents who are also submitting evidence to the government’s consultation on personal injury reform.

A statement from the judiciary added: “Lord Justice Jackson would also like to underline that written evidence should address the extension of fixed recoverable costs across civil litigation, the review is by no means confined to reviewing existing areas of law where fixed costs apply. In fact the main emphasis is likely to be on extending the regime to additional areas of litigation.”

His assessors are:

  • Sara Ashby, founding partner of boutique intellectual property firm Redd Solicitors LLP. She has experience of the capped recoverable costs regime in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court;
  • Nicholas Bacon QC, a leading specialist in costs litigation at 4 New Square and chairman of the Bar Council fixed fees working group and a member of the Bar Council;
  • Richard Disney, a professor of economics at the University of Sussex with experience of various pay review bodies;
  • Paul Fenn, an emeritus professor at Nottingham University Business School who has been involved in previous costs work, including as an assessor to Jackson LJ’s civil costs review;
  • Barbara Fontaine, the Senior Queen’s Bench Master, former commercial litigator, and a general editor of the White Book;
  • Senior Costs Judge Andrew Gordon‐Saker;
  • Richard Lander, property specialist at Kings Chambers;
  • David Marshall, managing partner of London firm Anthony Gold, past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and current chair of the Law Society’s civil justice committee;
  • HHJ Martin McKenna, designated civil judge for Birmingham and former head of litigation in the Birmingham office of Eversheds;
  • District Judge Simon Middleton, a course director for the Judicial College with particular responsibility for devising and delivering costs and costs management modules, and a co‐author of Cook on Costs;
  • Andrew Parker, head of strategic litigation at DAC Beachcroft, an executive member of the Civil Justice Council and another of Lord Justice Jackson’s costs review assessors in 2009;
  • Vikram Sachdeva QC of 39 Essex Chambers, who has appeared in some significant costs cases;
  • Nicole Sandells, an experienced Chancery commercial barrister at 4 New Square;
  • Iain Stark, chairman of the Association of Costs Lawyers and a partner and head of costs at Weightmans.

This article was amended on 24 November to reflect the addition of a further assessor.

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