In July of this year, I wrote about how fast the time was passing, and here I now find myself writing a quick review of the year, with Christmas just around the corner and a November/December World Cup taking place (it will have finished by the time you read this). The second six months of 2022 has certainly gone as quick as the first six.
This year we saw Paramount Legal Costs celebrate it’s 15th birthday, and having been part of the business for 11 of those years, it has been great to see the firm grow, and this year has been no different. Our Litigation Department has seen the arrival of Charlene and Helen, to join Melanie, Emma, Karl, Kris and I, and they have been fantastic to have within the team, and they both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. I always enjoy tapping in to their experiences and seeing how they have worked in the past, as we can all gain little insights and tips as to how to deal with certain situations, or ways in which we can help our clients.
I have also enjoyed seeing clients more frequently this year. Modern technology is wonderful, and we can deliver training via video to firms, some of whom may be in their main office, some in another branch, or some at home, and this means we can assist whenever, and wherever. However, there is nothing like seeing people in the flesh, and I have been fortunate to meet clients during the past twelve months, and some for the first time in person. I am always interested to hear from clients, and will be more than happy to come and see you to discuss anything “costs”.
As ever, there has been plenty of case law to keep us on our toes, and I won’t go in to this here, as I know my colleagues are covering them elsewhere in the 2022 Costsmas blogs. There have also been consultations from the Civil Justice Committee, such as fixed costs, to which we have contributed, and we are proud that Kris has played an important role with his position as a Council member of the Association of Costs Lawyers.
We have a couple of conferences on the horizon for the first half of 2023, and as a department, we have a lot of ideas as to how we can connect and help our clients, and we’re looking forward to putting them in to place. There are always challenges when drafting Budgets, Bills and Replies, and we are always keen to learn and look at the best ways to help our clients, and this will not change. We are all looking forward to a promising 2023, whatever the costs world throws at us.
This was written by Costs Lawyer and Head of the Litigation Department, Tom Brocklebank, and he can be contacted here if you have any costs matters you wish to discuss.