LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Senior Law Costs Draftsman, Mark Hook, has qualified as an accredited Mediator, having attended a CEDR Mediation Skills Training Course in March this year and successfully achieved accreditation status. He is now a CEDR Accredited Mediator specialising in Law Costs Disputes — there is only one other CEDR accredited Costs Mediator in the country and two non-accredited costs mediators.
Mark has over 18 years of experience in dealing with law costs. He is a Fellow of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen and served on the Council of the Association for 2 years, during which time he was the co-author of the Association’s Report on Costs Negotiators. He has been with Holman Fenwick & Willan for 3 years having previously been a partner in a specialist independent law costs practice and as a senior draftsman with an international law firm in the City of London.
Mark is experienced in the conduct of law costs litigation both in the preparation of bills of costs and the opposing of opponents bills, arising from substantial commercial litigation. He is an experienced negotiator and advocate and has conducted costs litigation before: the Judicial Office of the House of Lords arising from Judgments on Appeal, the Supreme Court Costs office in relation to Judgments and Orders of The Lord Justices of the Court of Appeal and Judges and Masters of the Supreme Court, County Courts and Arbitration Tribunals.
Head of the firm’s Costs Department, Ed Stradling said “The resolving of costs disputes, following litigation, whether before the Supreme Court Costs Office or an Arbitration Tribunal, can be both time consuming and expensive. Mark’s accreditation will now allow the firm to offer a costs resolution mediation service, as a viable alternative to the present assessment processes.”
The aim of Costs Mediation, as with all mediation, allows parties to come together at an earlier stage, without the need for long and complex bills and ancillary pleadings. The parties themselves can attend to give their views either in support of or opposing the costs being claimed, be involved in discussion as it develops and resolve their dispute. Mediation if successful will speed up the process of settlement, with certainty, at less expense, providing for costs recovery and, allowing the parties to move on from the litigation.