Erica Bedford has considerable experience in handling all aspects of disputes involving costs in both personal injury and commercial litigation.
Bedford is able to handle all areas of costs disputes, but has a specific interest in issues concerning disclosure of documents (including non-privileged attendance notes), the application of fixed costs regimes, costs arising out of occupational disease claims and PPI claims and arguments concerning the Distance Selling Regulations.
Bedford transferred from the Roll to the Bar in 2012. She had previously practised at large national firms since 2003 where she specialised in the law of costs. Consequently she has considerable experience in handling all aspects of disputes involving costs in both personal injury and commercial litigation.
She is well versed in technical points of principle, including issues concerning retainers, as well as handling claims in excess of £1m for both paying and receiving parties. Unusually for counsel, she also has considerable experience drafting Bills of Costs at all levels, including test litigation.
Bedford’s previous experience both in-house and as cost team manager at Kings Chambers affords her a unique understanding of the service requirements expected from counsel. She has a particularly excellent understanding of the commercial realities facing solicitors and insurers. Her practical commercial awareness enables her to work with clients to achieve the best result.
In addition to being a former solicitor, Bedford is also a qualified cost lawyer, having gained the joint highest mark (95 per cent) in her intake. Consequently, she is now a tutor on the cost lawyer course.
Bedford recently gave the closing address at the Association of Costs Lawyer’s National Conference.
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This material was sourced from the Kings Chambers website.
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