1. 1.  1996- Dinosaur Eats lawyer- Legal Costs Journal.

  2. 2.  1997- Trustees Personal Liability for costs -Trust & Trustee Magazine.

  3. 3.  1998- Defective billing Practices and Hourly rate survey -Legal 500.

  4. 4.  1998- Costs Dilemma The General of Berne case-Solicitors Journal.

  5. 5.  1999- Budget Based Billing -Legal 500.

  6. 6.  1999- Costs Specialist blast Lord Woolf’s reforms- The Lawyer.

  7. 7.  1999- The question of costs -The In-house Lawyer.

  8. 8.  1999 -IBC costs Conference Post Woolf

  9. 9.   2000- Landmark case overturns 25 years of legal costs law -Legal Business

  10. 10.  2001- Opinion Page -Post Lord Woolfs’ reforms- The Lawyer.

  11. 11.  2002- Lawyers to Disclose costs- The Lawyer.

  12. 12.  2002 -Legal Costs overview -Architecture & Surveying Magazine.

  13. 13.  2002- Rules on legal bills in spotlight-Jersey Evening Post.

  14. 14.  2002- Lawyers remain unpaid after TAG judgment- The Lawyer.

  15. 15.  2003 - Rip-off Britain -Legal Business.

  16. 16.  2003- Price of legal advice is higher than London - Jersey Evening Post.

  17. 17.  2003- Quotes -The Annual Law Society conference - The Law Society Gazette.

  18. 18.  2003- Court costs shackled by fee capping case- The Lawyer.

  19. 19.  2003- Client Terms and conditions for retaining lawyers-Legal Business.

  20. 20.  2003-The Annual Law Society Conference.

  21. 21.  2004 -Joint Press release with IHL in relation to software- In-House Lawyer.

  22. 22.  2004-IBC 20th Anniversary Costs Conference.

  23. 23.  2005- Hourly rate survey -Legal 500.

  24. 24.  2005-Judges & Costs Judges Forum at the RCJ.

  25. 25.  2006- Trustee Beware-STEP Journal.

  26. 26.  2006-  SKY LegalTV -Value of legal services.

  27. 27.  2007- Hourly rate survey -Front Page of the Lawyer

  28. 28.  2007- City hire wire Act partners hourly rate -£700.00- Evening Standard

  29. 29.  2008-Watch out, lawyers most firms say you charge too much -(contributed to                                Joshua Rozenberg’s article)- Evening Standard.

  30. 30.  2008  Billable hours face scrutiny- (contributed to Michael Peel & Megan Murphy’s article) -Financial Times.

  31. 31.  2008 October, hourly rate survey featured in Wall Street Journal, London Evening Standard, The Lawyer and Legal Week

  32. 32. 2008 November- Litigation Costs- Property Week

  33. 33. 2008 Legal Budgets software version 3 launched. Legal IT

  34. 34. 2009 Hourly rates on borrowed time -Legal Week

  35. 35. 2009 Top UK Lawyer fees as high as $1,440 -(contributed to article on  Bloomberg

  36. 36. 2009 -The 2009 hourly rate survey was published in The Lawyer, The Evening Standard,    The Times, Am -News, The Jersey Evening Post and the Wall Street Journal.

    

COSTS LAWYER SERVICES


I provide a bespoke professional service aimed at giving best value to clients.


I have spent over 25 years in the legal industry with a range of experience from small to the biggest city law firms. I have acted on behalf of wealth individuals and blue chip companies.


I was one of the first people to obtain Costs Lawyer status which gave me rights to litigate on costs related matters and grant me rights of audience up to the House of Lords.


As the litigation landscape moves into Costs Management (costs budgeting by another name) under Lord Justice Jackson reforms on civil costs. This is my particular area of expertise. My first article on the subject was published in Legal 500 in 1999.  I advised the Judges forum (30+ Judges) at the Royal Courts of Justice in 2005. I gave input on the Jackson LJ reforms and gave the practical aspects of Case Management at the CLAN annual conference in June 2009. One of my fellow speakers was Lord Justice Jackson, his first public presentation post publication of his interim report. My highest legal budget production during 2009 was £35 million.


My fees are based on a variety of methods from pure hourly rate,  percentage fees on result or a combination of both.


Please feel free to discuss with me in strictest confidence at jim@jimdiamond.com