Sara Ashby is a founding partner of boutique law firm Redd Solicitors LLP. She worked initially as a general commercial litigator before focusing on intellectual property disputes. Redd’s clients range from multinationals to small owner-managed businesses. Sara has experience of litigating in the English and EU courts and tribunals, including the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court with its capped recoverable costs regime. She is Hon. Secretary of both AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) UK and UNION (of European Practitioners in intellectual property)-IP.
Nicholas Bacon QC
Nicholas Bacon QC, a leading specialist in costs litigation, former member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Chair of the Bar Council Fixed Fees working group, Vice Chair Bar Council Remuneration Committee (Civil), Bar Council QC member.
Professor Richard Disney
Richard Disney is a Professor Economics at the University of Sussex. He is also Research Fellow, Institute for Fiscal Studies, and Visiting Professor of Economics, University College, London.
He was previously a Member of the Senior Salaries Review Body (2009-14) and the NHS Pay Review Body (2003-09). He was an Adviser to Tom Winsor’s Review of the Remuneration of the Police (2011-12).
He is a past consultant to World Bank, IMF, OECD, ILO, HM Treasury, DWP, DTI and other governmental organisations; mostly on pension and labour market issues.
Professor Paul Fenn
Paul Fenn is an Emeritus Professor at Nottingham University Business School. He has published numerous academic articles on the economics of law and legal services. He was one of seven Assessors assisting Lord Justice Jackson in his Review of Civil Litigation Costs and has provided policy advice to government, the judiciary and the legal services industry.
Senior Master Barbara Fontaine
Barbara Fontaine is the Senior Master of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, having been a Queen’s Bench Master since 2003. Before taking up a judicial appointment she was a solicitor specialising in commercial litigation in the City of London and a partner in [Baker & McKenzie] or [an international law firm], based in their Hong Kong office. She was a member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee from 2008 to 2014 and a member of the Judges’ Council from 2013-2014. She is a General Editor of the White Book, Chief Advisory Editor of Atkins Court Forms and a Consulting Editor of Practical Dispute Resolution.
Senior Costs Judge Andrew Gordon-Saker
Andrew Gordon-Saker practised as a barrister from 1981. He was appointed as a Deputy Costs Judge in 1994, as a Costs Judge in 2003 and as the Senior Costs Judge in 2014. The costs judges undertake the assessment of costs in all types of civil litigation in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Richard joined Kings Chambers at the start of his pupillage in 1994. He is a member of the Chancery and Commercial Group, and the majority of his work is property litigation. He has extensive experience of multi-track trials in both the High Court and the County Court, in many different court centres.
David Marshall is a solicitor and the managing partner of London firm Anthony Gold. He is a past president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is the current chair of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee.
HH Judge Martin McKenna
Solicitor, partner and head of litigation at Birmingham office of national law firm Eversheds until his appointment as a Circuit Judge in 2000. He became Designated Civil Judge for Birmingham in 2008. Sits in Queen’s Bench Division, Technology and Construction Court, Administrative Court ( as well as from time to time in Chancery and Mercantile). Member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee, Civil Business Authority and Civil Judicial Engagement Group (on HMCTS Reform).
District Judge Simon Middleton
DJ Middleton has been a District Judge for over 12 years. Prior to appointment he was a solicitor with a Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualification. He also sits as a Regional Costs Judge. He was part of the Judicial College tutor team that delivered training to the judiciary on the April 2013 reforms. Since April 2013 he has been one of the Course Directors for the Judicial College Civil Seminar, with particular responsibility for devising and delivering costs and costs management modules. He is a co-author of ‘Cook on Costs’ and the White Book supplement ‘Costs and Funding following the Civil Justice Reforms: Questions and Answers’.
Andrew Parker is Head of Strategic Litigation at International Law firm DAC Beachcroft and advises insurers on emerging risks in insurance claims. He is an Executive member of the Civil Justice Council and a former member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. He was one of the panel of assessors appointed to Lord Justice Jackson’s Costs Review in 2009.
Vikram Sachdeva QC
Vikram Sachdeva QC has a broad practice acting for both claimants and defendants in public law and human rights, commercial law, regulatory and disciplinary law, medical law, and costs. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association and the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.
Nicole Sandells is Chancery Commercial barrister with more than 20 years experience. The majority of her work falls within the general categories of Chancery, commercial dispute resolution and related professional liability, with a special emphasis on civil fraud and recoveries, trusts and estates, property, and mortgage litigation. She appears in courts at all levels from the County Court district judge to the Supreme Court and is regularly instructed in lower value but high complexity cases, a significant number of which end up in the Court of Appeal. She is in practice at 4 New Square.
Iain is a Costs Lawyer who has been practising within Legal Costs for in excess of 25 years and joined Weightmans as a Partner in May 2015. He heads the costs department within Weightmans. Having established himself in the legal costs industry, Iain served on the Association of Costs Lawyers Council for a number of years, attaining Chairman status and steered the professional body through the regulatory minefield, finally attaining authorised status for Costs Lawyers throughout England and Wales.