Nick McDonnell

Legal Services Director and Costs Lawyer 

Tel: 0161 359 4658

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Nick McDonnell is the Legal Services Director, Northern Regional Manager and Costs Lawyer with Just Costs Solicitors. 

Nick graduated from Cambridge University in 1998 and subsequently went into Civil Litigation with a Solicitors’ firm in Lancashire where he also took up an interest in costs.

Nick proceeded to develop his interest in costs working with some of the key costs firms within the industry before joining Just Costs Solicitors at its inception in January 2006.

Nick developed within Just Costs where he conducted high value and complex costs matters and became responsible for all of the technical and practical training throughout all of the business’ offices nationwide.

Nick is now a Director who continues to handle a complex caseload with an emphasis on Commercial, Intellectual Property, Civil and Catastrophic Injury litigation, including costs management & budgeting, case end detailed assessment proceedings as well as handling appeals up to the Court of Appeal and assessments pursuant to the Solicitors Act 1974. Nick also has extensive experience as an advocate at costs hearings and is a qualified mediator.

Notable Cases:

Stone Rowe Brewer LLP v Just Costs Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 1168

A ground breaking successful appeal concerning the interpretation of the one-fifth rule in Solicitors Act 1974 detailed assessment proceedings. Specifically, the Court of Appeal considered the interpretation of special circumstances for the purpose of the s. 70(10) of the Act.

McDaniel & Co v Clarke [2014] EWHC 3826 (QB)

A successful appeal in Solicitors Act 1974 detailed assessment proceedings concerning the requirement to investigate alternative methods of funding before advising a lay client to enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement.

Porbanderwalla v Daybridge Ltd [2014] (Birmingham County Court, 30.01.14)

A successful appeal concerning the requirements to file costs budgets pursuant to CPR.r.26.3 and the sanctions set out at CPR.r.3.13.