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Mark Carlisle

Mark is founder of

He started his career in legal costs in 1987 at a firm in Buckinghamshire and set up his own Law Costs Drafting business in 1992.

He undertook the ALCD examinations and qualified as an Associate of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen in 1999.

His career progressed not only in costs drafting but also Advocacy becoming a National Advocacy Manager for a large national costs firm of solicitors having responsibility for managing and training a team of 12 Advocates.

He has appeared as an Advocate at all levels from Magistrate Courts to the now defunct House of Lords Costs Committee.

Since 2016 Mark has focused exclusively on cases under the Solicitors Act.

Outside of work Mark is a keen guitarist, a qualified PADI Divemaster scuba diver and supporter of Luton Town Football Club.

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Associate of Association of Law Costs Draftsmen 1999

Case Name Comment
Vlamaki -v- Sookias and Sookias [2015] EWHC 334 (QB)
Contractual requirements for "interim statute bills"
Julie Casseldine v Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility (a Charity) (2015)
Operation of "Qualified One Way Costs Shifting"
Rahimian -v- Allan Janes LLP [2016] EWHC B18 (Costs) Level of information required for a statute bill
James Conibear -v- Humphries Kirk Solicitors (2017)Delivery of a subsequent bill where a final statute bill had been delivered
Richard Slade & Company Solicitors -v- Boodia & Anor [2017] EWHC 2699 (QB) Inclusion of disbursements in a statute bill
Swain -v- JC & A Solicitors [2018] EWHC B3 (Costs)Delivery of solicitors' file under s.68 Solicitors Act 1974
Riaz v Ashwood Solicitors Ltd [2018] EWHC B5 (Costs) (26 March 2018)Delivery of solicitors' file under s.68 Solicitors Act 1974
Gill -v- Heer Manak Solicitors [2018] EWHC 2881 (QB)No entitlement to payment where the solicitor terminated the retainer without reasonable notice
Herbert v H H Law Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 527 (03 April 2019)Calculation of success fees in RTA cases and "informed consent"
Badaei v Woodwards Solicitors [2019] Costs LR 1253Correct venue  for Solicitors Act proceedings when there is a dispute between solicitor and client as to termination of retainer
Belsner v CAM Legal Services Ltd [2020] EWHC 2755 (QB) (16 October 2020)Requirement for informed consent under CPR 46.9.2
Erlam v Edmonds Marshall McMahon Limited (SCCO 19th November 2020, Unreported)Series of bills treated as a Chamberlain bill where the client did not understand terms for interim statute bills
Masters v Charles Fussell & Co LLP [2021] EWHC B1 (Costs) (11 January 2021)Series of bills totalling £930,000 treated as a Chamberlain bill where the retainer did not provide for interim statute bills
Murray & Anor v Richard Slade and Company Ltd [2021] EWHC B3 (Costs) (29 January 2021)Disallowance of counsel's fee under CPR 46.9.3

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Ruksaana Hamid, 01/10/19

I would highly recommend this company as they don't treat you like a money pit, they treat you as a proper person. I suffer from dyslexia and sometimes struggled to understand the correspondence received from my former solicitors, who I feel let me down badly by dealing with a case that was outside their expertise. Checkmylegalfees took the time to go over every aspect of the case, either in person or over the phone, and if I needed to speak to them outside normal office hours they were always available.

I would like to thank the directors, Mark and Kerry-Anne. I have been really pleased with the service you have both given me, in fact I am over the moon.

James Murray, 16/07/19
Solicitor prevented from charging for his time spe...
Richard Slade

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