We thought it would be a good time to quickly reflect on the first three months of 2022, here at Paramount and also in the world of legal costs.
It was fantastic to welcome Charlene Turner to the team recently, and she has settled in really well and is already building up a case load of work. Initially Charlene will be working in the Litigation Department given her experience of drafting Bills of Costs and Costs Budgets. Hopefully you will get to meet her shortly.
From a Court hearing point of view, we watched parts of the appeal in Belsner v Cam where the case was adjourned, and a new hearing is to be listed before the end of July 2022. The costs incurred in this case are remarkable, especially given that the original claim was settled for £1,916.98, but the significance on the legal sector should not be underestimated. We will be keeping a keen eye on this one!
My colleague Kris Kilsby appeared remotely in the Senior Courts Costs Office and was successful in the recovery of costs for the Claimant. It was also fantastic to hear feedback from the Deputy Costs Judge that the Bill of Costs drafted by Kris was a credit to him, given how accurate and appropriately prepared it was – well done Kris!
Being involved with charity events has been popular too, with Tom Brocklebank running a marathon alongside Gary McKee, who is running a marathon every day during 2022 – what a crazy idea! Karen Walsh and Melanie Pearson also visited Carlisle Youth Zone as Paramount are a patron, and enjoyed taking part in the celebrations.
Over the coming months, we have Paramount Legal Costs’ 15th birthday to celebrate at the start of May, and either side of this, some of the team will be attending the Westmorland Law Society dinner in April, and then also the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers conference in the middle of May. Lots to look forward to and hopefully we will see some of you there, as it is great being able to meet people face-to-face again.