The courts continue to have a swingeing and varying approach to costs budgeting, with some courts ap…
Would budgets work better if they were prepared after directions? asks Sue Fox
Sue Fox heads our costs management service, working nationally for firms of solicitors and insurers meeting all their Costs Management requirements. She has experience with a wide variety of costs matters, but particularly specialises in high value injury and commercial litigation costs disputes. She has an impressive background, having worked at international firms such as Addleshaw Goddard and DWF, working as a legal costs professional for over 25 years.
Sue is a director of the Leeds Law Society and a recognised expert in her field, regularly writing for the Litigation Funding magazine (sister publication to the Law Society Gazette) and has contributed to several books, including the ‘Costs Law: A Practitioner’s Guide’ and ‘The Law Society’s Contentious Probate Handbook’. Sue has featured on Thomson Reuter’s PLC blog and regularly writes for Clarion’s legal costs blog.
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“I have specialised in this area since the launch of the Jackson reforms, with the delivery of high standard budgets in an efficient manner being the corner stone of our service. Jackson LJ’s reforms have been embedded into the legal system with its purpose being to control legal spend.
We deliver excellent results by maximising the amount of legal costs that are recoverable in the event of success, thus reducing any liability for legal costs; and at the same time reducing exposure to costs through technical expertise and experience.
Technical strength, high quality work and a strategic approach secures maximum results. Our team is highly knowledgeable in costs management, with thorough and detailed knowledge of statute and case law. We ensure the immediate dissemination throughout the team allowing us to continue to excel in this area.”
1993 - Addleshaw Booth & Co (formerly Booth & Co) – Trainee Costs Draftsman
2001 - Costing plc – Costs Draftsman
2006 - Addleshaw Goddard LLP – Senior Costs Draftsman
2014 - DWF – Senior Costs Draftsman
2014 - Joined Clarion – Head of Costs Budgeting
2017 - Promoted to Senior Associate
For the avoidance of doubt, nothing on this page should be construed as implying that Sue Fox is qualified or recognised by law as qualified to act as a solicitor.
Sue’s ability as a legal costs professional is exceptional and she always ensures she has time to fit in the needs of our firm, whilst ensuring all her other responsibilities are met. She is always contactable by phone or email for advice and she has also provided some very detailed guidance and support during staff training. Sue’s Budgeting drafting skills are impeccable and she is also a very confident and persuasive advocate when the discussion of costs budgeting arises at a CCMC. I would highly recommend Clarion and Sue to any person who was looking for a highly capable and experienced legal costs professional.Head of Costs
Sue is a leader in her field of Costs Management, who always delivers in an efficient manner. Her work is of a high standard and she continually goes the extra mile to turn around urgent work at very short notice, which is why she is my ‘go to’ person on costs. Sue’s technical knowledge and attention to detail is second to none.Associate, commercial litigation
We use Clarion to undertake the majority of our costs budgeting work on complex commercial disputes. We find them technically good and highly responsive, and they consistently achieve good outcomes for us. We have no hesitation in recommending them.Partner, commercial litigation