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140 Reviews
  • B Keane

    Very professional and up to the task
    I found versus law straight forward and very helpful.

  • M Rehman

    Having had my PIA flight delayed for over 5 hours.. Anita Craig of versus law solicitors was a great help. Every step was made easy for me to understand and I will definitely be recommending yourselves to family and friends.

  • Steven P

    Excellent work, thank you.

  • A Ali

    Versuslaw especially Anita Craig helped so kindly from 2018 for pia delay flight claim which was showing possible but Ms Anita Craig proved it again that versus law can do it. Thank you will use again and recommend 100percent.

  • R Nabi

    We have just completed on a buy and sell having used Versus Law for both sides of the transaction.
    Versus Law have been immense throughout, with the Conveyancer looking after our ‘purchase’ working hand in hand with his colleagues to keep us informed of how the ‘sell’ was progressing too.
    Amazing bunch of people. There should be more firms providing this high level of service.

  • J Nugent

    They made the whole process of my injury claim
    simple and straight forward, They even managed to get
    me my compensation before Christmas which I wasn’t expecting, A big thanks to Kulbinder Mehay

  • K Boon

    i recently completed on a property and was guided really well by Katrina and Lisa. Ive never purchased a property before so really didn’t know what was involved. It was easy and seamless no stress at all followed by a price that was so much cheaper than other quotes I’d had

  • Liz

    Nicola Nolan and Natalie Moylan are an excellent conveyancing team. We have used them more than once and recommend them to friends and family (who were also impressed). This time they were involved in us buying a property in Wales and kept us informed all the way through, even with covid restrictions causing problems. They are friendly, efficient and get the job done in a no-nonsense way which is what you need. They take the stress out of conveyancing for you. Very impressed and would recommend to anyone and everyone.

  • Gem

    I was selling my home which had a complicated title and versus law was recommended to me. Natalie Moylan handled my case from start to finish and I couldn’t ask for anyone better! There were no obstacles that couldn’t be overcome and in a very fast turn around too. The sale completed in no time at all. Natalie was timely, professional and friendly and an absolute pleasure to have on my side. I would strongly recommend Versus law to anyone.

  • Bonnie

    I have used the services of Nicola Nolan at Versus Law twice this year and was instantly put at ease and very impressed with the help received and the outcome achieved. Would recommend without hesitation

  • Daniel

    I called to get some documents certified, the ladies on reception were so helpful. I am very happy with the service I received and will use Versus Law again.

  • M

    Dealt with my flight claim hassle free and super quick, I was continuously updated every step of the way and overall really pleased with the outcome. A personal thank you to Anita as she couldn’t have made it easier for me and saw through any problems I had!

  • Richard

    I purchased my first home in February, and used Versus as my solicitor. I dealt with Natalie Moylan from start to finish, who was excellent throughout. The purchase ended up being delayed and resulted in a quite hectic finish, but Natalie remained calm and professional at all times, whilst providing a very high quality of work. My thanks to Natalie and her team, for making a long purchase so much easier!

  • C Savage

    We were selling our house (through Nick) and buying a house (through Natalie) and I can honestly say these are the best solicitors we’ve ever used (we had always used ones in London previously). They both kept us informed on a regular basis as to how things were progressing which I really valued and they were quick to respond to any queries I asked. They were professional, efficient, helpful and really nice to deal with. We were recommended Versus through local friends that have used them previously and I would definitely recommend Versus to anyone else asking me for a recommendation.
    Thanks again Natalie and Nick.

  • J Percy

    We used Nicola Nolan for our purchase/transfer of ownership. She was excellent from start to finish. We were fully informed of the process throughout and she was always friendly, approachable and very professional at all times. Would definitely recommend her at Versus Law. Thank you again

  • J Guntren

    Amazing law firm for conveyancing!! My wife and I made an offer on a house 24th September and we were moved in by 20th December. It should also be noted that we were selling my wife’s apartment at the same time (also using Versus), further complicating everything. Thanks to Natalie, everything was done in a very efficient manner and she was very understanding of our situation.

  • P Godfrey

    Many thanks to Anita and all the staff at Versuslaw, they made my flight compensation claim for delay a breeze. I would highly recommend them

  • G Ryder

    The service and advise that we received from Versuslaw was exceptional. We had numerous issues with the house that we were buying and the team at Versus law guided us through the process whilst always looking out for our best interest.They were always prompt in responding to any question that we had and would update us on a regular basis. Thanks again to Nicola, Nick and Francine

  • Mark

    Excellent, professional and friendly work from Nick, Nicola and Natalie. They were flexible and very helpful in pushing along the sale despite several hurdles. Would definitely use again in future and would recommend others do so too

  • C Keen

    Absolutely superb service from Nicola Nolan. Highly trust and recommend. Honest attention to detail.

  • V Griffith

    We would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to Saqib Kazam versuslaw
    Once he took our case in for Holiday compensation He kept us up to date with every thing explaining every step he took this was not an easy case but he got us an excellent result a kind polite very professional young man. Highly recommend

  • J Williams

    From the moment we rung Versus Law and spoke to the receptionist on the phone to the moment we completed on our first home, Versus Law were excellent. Our solicitor was Tom and not only did he keep us updated every step of the way but he was very professional, efficient, offered valuable advice and made the process of buying a house stress free. We couldn’t recommend Versus Law enough and we just wanted to say a huge thank you to Tom and the team. Joe and Kara

  • S Foster

    Sarah handled my claim quickly and efficiently. It made the whole process easy and stress free. She was very professional and kept me informed every step. I would highly recommend Versuslaw.

  • H Cooper

    We would highly recommend Versus law, especially Nick Wintrip (selling) and Nicola Nolan (buying). They both kept us up to date throughout the whole process. They were easy to get hold of and were very prompt to answer any questions/email. We would have no hesitation in recommending Versus law for conveyancing.

  • I Asaf

    Fantastic service, very helpful and kept me informed at every stage

  • M Long

    From start to finish Versus Law have been professional and helpful. Tom Reid was always available to talk to us and gave us updates regularly meaning we did not have to constantly chase up matters. We are very happy by the service and would recommend to anyone looking for a reliable solicitor.

  • Jill T

    Excellent service. I was kept informed every step of the way. Natalie Moylan and Renee Burke were a pleasure to work with. Highly professional but with a personal touch. They both went above and beyond!

  • Danielle

    Excellent service from start to finish from Nicola and Natalie! Super responsive to emails and all my questions as a first time single buyer. Natalie and Nicola make a great team and are so approachable. Definitely recommend them for property related legal services.

  • Frankie

    Really happy with my experience using versus law, from start to finish they put my mind at ease as I wasn’t buying a house in the normal way, it was through a family divorce and there were time scales and dead lines to meet, versus law managed to conker my mortgage and speed things up to avoid any extra costs, nicola was always there to ease my mind when I had any concerns as things do get stressful whilst purchasing a property, the ladies on the reception we also a delight and couldn’t do more to make you feel comfortable in any situation, if you are thinking of using versus law to assist you through your mortgage then look no further as these guys couldn’t have done more for me, I couldn’t have been happier with my experience

  • Matt W

    Nicola Nolan’s conveyancing service has always been excellent, I have used them several times in the last 5 years. In particular for my business I have found their relationship and understanding of Paragon Bank to be very useful. I would highly recommend.

  • Kay

    Excellent decision to go with Versus Law! Nick Wintrip handled the very stressful job of our house sale with professionalism, calmness and a good sense of humour. We did everything via email, phone and post, and he was always quick in responding and keeping me updated every step of the way. Very competitively priced too. I would highly recommend Versus Law without the slightest hesitation.

  • O Li

    Thomas Reid dealt with the sale and purchase of our properties. He was a pleasure to work with – very quick to respond to queries and very efficient in his work. As a result, the process went very smoothly with minimal delays. I would highly recommend competitively priced Versus Law and especially the professionalism of Thomas Reid.

  • Mr RS

    Natalie Moylan dealt with the sale and purchase on my behalf. The whole process was very well handled with constant updates. The first solicitors I’ve used that’s responds within to an email within an hour! Would 100% use again!!!

  • Mrs LC

    Recently dealt with Nick Wintrip at Versus law when selling my property. Found him to be professional, quick and thorough. Process went smoothly and I was well informed throughout the process. I received regular updates and all enquiries were dealt with efficiently. Nick made the whole process of selling my home stress free and a happy one! Your the best Nick – thank you again 🙂
    Will highly recommend Versus Law Solicitors. They are the best

  • Jaxx

    Would recommend Versus Law for conveyancing; Nick and Natalie we’re our team with Nick the main contact, thank you Nick and Natalie for making the conveyancing experience as stress free as possible.

  • Paula

    Great experience working with Versus Law. Excellent level of professionalism from Thomas Reid who provided clear, precise information. Highly recommended from my side. Thanks to Tom and the team.

  • D

    Fantastic experience with Natalie and her colleagues. Email updates throughout the home buying process, estimates of how long it would take to get her work completed and local knowledge which speeded up the process. 100% recommended.

  • R Napier

    Really good and really helpful got things sorted alot quicker than anticipated very cooperative

  • Wetherill

    What an outstanding team they turned my purchase around within the set time frame and very professional at all times.
    They went above and beyond reassured myself throughout the process.
    As being a first time buyer I felt this was most important I would recommend them highly.

  • Nasir

    Versus Law dealt with my house sale from start to finish in a most professional manner. A friendly, professional, competent team who get the job done within the time parameters. I highly recommend this firm.

  • Colin and Yvonne

    Absolutely brilliant service as always.
    This is the third time using Versuslaw and they never fail to impress. Natalie and Nicola are real diamonds and you really get the sense that they actually care about you.

    We actually live in London, but continued to use them for our London property because of our previous experience with them.
    Thank you guys, would highly recommend you to anyone.

  • B Man

    Excellent service!!! We are really happy with the service VersusLaw provided to us. Being first time buyer, we dint have much idea about the whole process and had lots of questions. They have given proper and clear response on time to everything we have requested. For us, one of the property got cancelled in between the process because the owner decided to not to sell that property few days after accepting our offer. Though there were searches and procedures done already for that property VersusLaw did not ask Fee for that purchase as they understood the difficult situation we were in. When we found our next property, we had no doubt whom to contact. We are really happy and totally satisfied by the service Nicola, Natalie and their team offered. We will highly recommend your service to anyone,

  • Ross Grant

    Today I have completed on the purchase of my very first apartment, and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the INCREDIBLE knowledge, guidance and GENUINE care of Nicola, Natalie, and the entire Versus Law team.

    This purchase was far from straightforward, with lots of potential pitfalls – all navigated with professionalism, patience and an impeccable attention to detail by Nicola.

    Nic went well above and beyond the call of duty to look into some extremely complex accounts and repair budgets to the apartment block in question – something I would have completely overlooked.

    As a result, with her guidance, I managed to negotiate a £2,000 reduction in asking price – something I’m sure other solicitors would have let slip through the net.

    That’s a genuine £2000 saving – a lot of money for a first-time buyer.

    You get a real sense that these guys actually CARE – they make you feel more like a friend, than a client – and don’t leave a stone unturned when it comes to conveyancing. If there is anything to uncover on a property, trust me, Nicola will find it!

    In essence, Versus Law made what could have been a rather stressful situation, easy and straightforward.

    Communications and response times were brilliant, with daily updates coming via phone and email – and I never felt rushed by anyone when I had queries.

    I honestly cannot recommend Versus Law enough.

    I’m going to pick up the keys to my apartment now – and won’t be using anyone other than these guys for all future property purchases/ sales.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH Versus Law – I’ll be raising a glass of champagne to you all at the housewarming! 🙂

  • CW

    Great service provided by Nicola and her team.
    Always communicating with updates for the completion of my property.
    Would highly recommend

  • Jackie

    I used Versus Law to buy my first house. Had no idea how it worked but I must say that the conveyancing team held my hand all the way through. On the day of completion there was a delay and they stayed in office late to ensure it went through so I wasn’t waiting over the weekend. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Versus Law and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them. It was nice to speak to people who I felt cared for me and put my interests first at all times. Thank you so much for your help

  • Andy

    Versus were great to deal with when they provided the conveyancing for my house purchase. I was able to complete the process without needing to physically travel to their offices and my solicitor was always available for any questions when I was completing all the paperwork. Everyone was very friendly to speak to.

  • T Baguley

    Fantastic conveyancing service from Nicola and Natalie, they kept on top of everything from start to finish and were always available whenever we had questions. I’d be happy to recommend them to anyone.

  • David JC

    Very impressed with every aspect of Versus Law, from service they provide to the attitude of the staff. Always called back when they said they would and had a laugh with them too. Will definately use again (if I need to).

  • Mrs Morris

    I would recommend Versus Law to anyone, particularly Nick Wintrip, who looked after us extremely well. They are very efficient and communicated with us fully at all times. We were able to contact them by phone and e mail and did not need to rely on letter going back and forth. Nick is really friendly too and put us at ease throughout the end to end sales process. Thank you.

  • Tanita

    Nicola and Natalie did a wonderful job. They were friendly and patient. Answered my many many questions and got the job done very efficiently. I am highly impressed and would definitely recommend them.

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Legal Costs Explained

Costs Terminology

It can be daunting as a client to receive a document full of legal jargon related to your case. This easy to understand jargon buster will help you understand the common terminology used in the field of legal costs.

Act as a solicitor – To perform those acts that only a solicitor may perform

Additional liability – The success fee, the insurance premium or the additional amount in respect of provision made by a membership organisation, as the case maybe.

Admissible offer – An offer to settle that is not an offer to which costs consequences under Part 36 apply and which is capable of being drawn to the Court’s attention.

ADR – Abbreviation for alternative dispute resolution

Advocacy services – Any services that it would be reasonable to expect a person who is exercising, or contemplating exercising, a right of audience in relation to any proceedings, or contemplated proceedings, to provide.

After the Event Insurance – Legal Expenses insurance (a form of general insurance) incepted after the event giving rise to the claim to which the insurance relates, usually specific to a single claim.

After the Event premium – A premium payable for after the event insurance.

Alternative dispute resolution – Collective description of methods of resolving disputes otherwise than through the normal trial process.

Appropriate authorised body – In relation to any person claiming to be entitled to rights of audience by virtue of 27(2)(a)(i) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, the authorised body (a) granting that right and (b) of which that person is a member

Assisted Person – A person who is in receipt of legal aid or a person within the statutory provisions relating to legal aid.

Authorised advocate – Any person who had a right of audience granted by an authorised body in accordance with the provisions of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990; no superseded by the term ‘authorised person’

Authorised Court officer – Any officer of the county court and its hearing centres, a district registry, the principal registry of the family division, the costs office.

Base Costs – Costs other than the amount of any additional liability

Base Rate – The interest rate set by the Bank of England, which is used as the basis for other bank rates.

Before the event insurance – Legal expenses insurance that is incepted before the event giving rise to any claim.

Budget – An estimate of the reasonable and proportionate costs (including disbursements) that a party intends to incur in the proceedings.

Budget discussion report – a document based upon Precedent R that is prepared for the Court and which contains a records of (a) those figures that are agreed for each phase, (b) those figures that are not agreed for each phase and (c) a brief summary of the grounds of dispute.

Bullock Order – A co-defendant order whereby the claimant is to pay the successful defendant’s costs, but is permitted to add those costs to the costs to be recovered from and unsuccessful defendant.

CCFA – Abbreviation for conditional fee agreement

CFA Lite – A colloquial phrase used to refer to a conditional fee agreement whereby the monies paid to the legal service provider are limited to those costs that are recovered from an opponent.

Collective conditional fee agreement – A template contract for services that may be applied to individual cases to form conditional-fee-agreement-like arrangements, either for the benefit of the counterparties or other persons.

Conditional fee agreement – An agreement enforceable under s 58 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990. An agreement with a person providing advocacy or litigation services that provides for that person’s fees and expenses, or any part of them, to be made payable only in specified circumstances.

Contentious business – Business done, whether as a solicitor or advocate in or for the purpose of proceedings begun before a court. Not business which fall between the definition of non-contentious or common form probate business contained in section 128 of the senior courts act 1981.

Contentious business agreement – A contact of retainer that is compliant with the requirements of s 59 of the Solicitors Act 1974 and which, subject to certain safeguards, will allow the solicitors to recover their fees for contentious work as if those fees were an ordinary debt.

Contingency fee agreement – A contact of retainer under which the legal representatives fee usually in relation to contentious business, is calculated by reference to the amount of money that is reserved for the client.

Contract of retainer – A contract for services pursuant to which a legal services provider agrees to provide legal services for valuable consideration.

Costs – Include, charges, disbursements, expenses, remuneration, reimbursement allowed to a litigant in person under CPR 46.5, and any fee or reward charges by a lay representative for acting on behalf of a party in proceedings allocated to the small claims track. Where appropriate, any additional liability incurred under a funding arrangement may be included, but this would be under the pre-2013 CPR 43.2(1)(a) rather than the present-day equivalent.

Costs capping order – An order limiting the amount of future costs (including disbursements) that a party may recover pursuant to an order for costs subsequently made.

Costs Judge – A ‘taxing master of the Senior Court’ also referring to regional costs judges

Costs management – The ability of the Court to manage the costs to be incurred by the parties to litigation by making costs management orders.

Costs management order – An order that will (a) record the extent to which the budgeted costs are agreed between the parties, (b) in respect of the budgeted costs that are not agreed, record the Court’s approval after making appropriate revisions, and (c) record the extent (if any) to which incurred costs are agreed.

Costs office – The Senior Courts Costs office

Costs officer – collective term for a costs judge, a district judge or an authorised court officer

Damages-based agreement – An agreement that complies with the provisions of the damages-based agreements regulations 2013

DBA – Abbreviation for damages-based agreement.

Deemed Order – An order that is deemed to be made on the happening of a specified event, especially where (a) a party allows Court fees to remain unpaid after having been given notice to pay by the Court, (b) a party accepts a Part 36 offer of (c) a party discontinues a claim.

Default costs certificate – A costs certificate that is issued in default of paying party not serving points of dispute.

Detailed assessment – The procedure by which the amount of costs is decided by a costs officer in accordance with Part 47

Detailed bill – A statue bill that contains detailed items and therefore is not a gross sum bill.

Detailed breakdown – A document, often in a similar familiar to a bill of costs, which contains particulars of the costs that have already been claimed in a gross sum bill.

Director – The person designated as the Director of Legal Aid Casework pursuant to s 4 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 or person entitled to exercise the functions of the director

Disburse – To pay monies (usually disbursements)

Disbursement – Money paid on behalf of the Client. As between solicitor and client, those monies that are not profit costs or taxes, but which can be properly be included within a statue bill. As between opposing parties, recoverable monies paid by the client to persons other than their legal services provider.

Discounted conditional fee agreement – A type of conditional fee agreement whereby reduced (discounted) costs are payable in the event of the case not ultimately being successful.

Final costs certificate – A document that states the amount of costs which have been assessed and, unless the Court orders otherwise, will include an order to pay the costs to which it relates.

Fixed Costs – Costs, the amounts of which are fixed by the CPR, whether or not the Court has discretion to allow some other amount or no amount, and which include: (a) the amounts that are to be allowed in respect of legal representatives’ charges in the circumstances set out in Section 1 of Part 45; (b) fixed recoverable costs calculated in accordance with CPR, r45.11; (c) the additional costs allowed by r 45.18; (d) fixed costs determined under CPR, r45.21; and € costs fixed by CPR r 45.37 and 45.38.

Fixed price agreement – A contract of retainer that provides for remuneration of a legal services provider on a predetermined, fixed basis.

Forthwith order – An order made prior to the conclusion of proceedings for the purposes of allowing a party’s costs to be assessed notwithstanding the general rule (in CPR 47.1) that the costs of any proceedings are not to be assessed by the detailed procedure until the conclusion of the proceedings.

FPA – Abbreviation for a fixed price agreement

Fund – Includes any estate or property held for the benefit of any person or class of person and any fund to which a trustee or personal representative is entitled in their capacity. Colloquial term used to refer to the Legal Aid Fund or the CLS fund.

Funder – A third party who has funded litigation. A person agrees to fund the provision of advocacy or litigation services to another person. The party to a collective conditional agreement who, under that agreement, is liable to pay for the legal representative’s fees.

Funding arrangement – An arrangement whereby a person has (a) entered into a conditional fee or collective fee agreement that provides for a success fee within the meaning of s58(2) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, (b) taken out an insurance policy to which s 29 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 applies or (c) made an agreement with a membership organisation to meet the person’s legal costs.

Future costs – Costs incurred in respect of work done after the date of a cross capping order, but excluding the amount of any additional liability. Informal term for any costs yet to be incurred.

General retainer – A contract of retainer pursuant to which a legal services provider provides services generally rather than in respect of a specific claim or matter.

Gross sum bill – A statute bill that lacks detailed items; used only in relation to contentious business.

Indemnity – A right to recover from a third party the whole amount that the recoverer is liable to pay.

Indemnity basis – A basis of assessment whereby the Court will resolve any doubt as to whether the costs were reasonably incurred or were reasonable in amount in favour to the receiving party; under the CPR, the costs would not be subjected to a test of proportionality.

Insurance – The payment of one or more, commonly called ‘premiums’, by one party, in return for which the other party under-takes to pay a sum of money on the happening of a specified event, which event must be one that is adverse to the interests of the policyholder. After the event insurance.

Insurance premium – The consideration required of the assured in return for which the insurer undertakes its obligation under the contract of insurance. A sum of money paid or payable for insurance against the risk of incurring a costs liability in the proceedings, taken out after the event that is the subject matter of the claim.

Interim costs certificate – A certificate containing an order for an interim payment of costs made after the receiving party has filed a request for a detailed assessment hearing.

Interim statue bill – A statue bill (that is, not a request for a payment on account) that is rendered by a solicitor to a client prior to the determination of the relevant retainer.

Joint liability – A single liability jointly between parties; each party can be held liable for the whole of it.

Legal activities – An activity that is a reserved legal activity within the meaning of the Legal Service Act 2007

Legal aid – Civil legal services made available under arrangements made for purposes of Part 1 of the Legal aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Legal representative – A barrister, solicitor, solicitors’ employee, manager of a body authorised under s 9 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985. A person exercising a right of audience or conducting litigation on a party’s behalf.

Litigation funding agreement – An agreement between a party in litigation and a third party whereby the latter, in return for valuable consideration, provides commercial funding for the purposes of funding the former’s involvement in the litigation.

Litigation services – Any services that it would be reasonable to expect a person who is exercising, or contemplating exercising, a right to conduct litigation in relation to any proceedings, or contemplated proceedings to provide.

LSC-funded client – An individual who receives service funded by the Legal Service Commission as part of the Community Legal Service within the meaning of Part 1 of the Access to Justice Act 1999.

Membership organisation – A body prescribed for the purposes of s 30 of the Access to Justice Act 1999

Non-contentious business – Any business done as a solicitor that is not contentious business

Non-contentious business agreement – A contract of retainer that is compliant with the requirements of s 57 of the Solicitors Act 1974 and which, subject to certain safeguards allow the solicitor to recover their fees as if were an ordinary debt.

Non-party costs order – An order against a person who is not a party to the litigation, but who is in some way connected to it.

Notional premium – An additional amount payable to a membership organisation pursuant to s 30 of the Access to Justice Act 1999.

Paying Party – A party liable to pay costs.

Payment on account – A payment made pursuant to an order made under CPR r 44.2(8). A payment made on account of costs that is not made in satisfaction of a statue bill.

Percentage Increase – The percentage by which the amount of a legal representative’s fee can be increased in accordance with a conditional fee agreement that provides for a success fee.

Porrect to – To put forward or submit a bill for examination or correction.

Postponement charge – That a percentage increase, if any, which relates to the costs That part of the percentage increase, if any, which relates to the cost of the legal representative of the postponement of the payment of their fees and expenses; also know as postponement element or a charge for postponement.

Practice form – form to be used for a particular purpose in proceedings, the form and purpose being specified by a practice direction.

Pre-action protocol – Statements of best practice about pre-action conduct that have been approved by the Head of Civil Justice and are listed in Practice Direction.

Privilege – The right of a party to refuse to disclose a document or to produce a document or refuse to answer questions on the ground of some special interest recognised by law

Pro bono representation – Legal representation provided free of charge

Profit costs – The fees (that are not disbursements) charged by a solicitor for the legal services they have provided.

QOCS – Abbreviation for qualified one-way costs shifting.

Qualified one way costs shifting – A procedural fetter on the recovery of costs in certain personal injury and fatal accident cases such that (unless the claimant has been fundamentally dishonest), only the claimant may recover the costs of the claim.

Receiving party – a party entitled to be paid costs.

Regional costs judge – A specialist judge who has been appointed to hear certain high-value or complex detailed assessments.

Regulated person – Any class of persons which consist of or includes (a) persons who are authorised by the body to carry on an activity which is reserved legal activity; (b) persons who are not so authorised but are employees of a person who is so authorised.

Request for payment on account – An invoice (other than a statute bill) rendered by a solicitor to a client requesting payment on account of costs.

Reserved instrument activities – Collective phrase for the act of (a) preparing any instrument of transfer or charge for the purposes of the Land Registration Act 2002 (d) making an application or lodging a document for registration under that act (c) preparing any other instrument relating to real or personal estate for the purposes of the law of England and Wales.

Reserved legal activity – Activity including (a) the exercise of a right of audience (b) the conduct of litigation (c) reserved instrument activities (d) probate activities € notarial activities and (f) administration of oaths.

Right of audience – The right to exercise any of the functions of appearing before and addressing a court, including the calling and examining of witnesses.

Right to conduct litigation – (a) the issuing of proceedings before any court in England and Wales (b) the commencement, prosecution and defence of such proceedings (c) the performance of ancillary functions in relation to such proceedings.

Rules of Court – The civil procedure rules 1998. Rules made by the authority having power to make rules or orders regulating the practice and procedure of the Court. Rulings of the Court in individual cases.

Sanderson order – A co-defendant order whereby an unsuccessful defendant is ordered directly to pay the successful defendant costs.

Service – Steps required by rules of the court to bring documents used in court proceedings to a persons attention.

Several liability – liability whereby a person may remain liable for the whole claim even where judgement has been obtained against the others with whom they share liability.

Standard basis – A basis of assessment whereby the court will resolve any doubt as to whether the costs were reasonably incurred or where reasonable in a mount in favour fo the paying party; under the CPR, the costs would be subjected to a test of proportionality.

Statute bill – An invoice rendered by a solicitor to a client that is bona fide compliant with the requirements of s 69 of the solicitors Act 1974

Success fee – A type of additional liability that is the product of a percentage increase and the base costs to which, pursuant to a conditional fee agreement, it applies.

Third-party costs order – A non-party costs order.

Unqualified person – A person who has not been admitted as a solicitor and who does not hold a current practising certificate.

Wasted costs – Costs other than the costs ordered pursuant to the Court’s inherent jurisdiction, which are ordered against a legal representative as a result of that persons negligent, unreasonable or improper behaviour.

Wasted costs order – An order (a) that the legal representative pay a specified sun in respect of costs to a party or (b) for costs relating to a specified sum or items of work to be disallowed.

Without prejudice – 1. Without loss of any rights 2. Restriction on circumstances in which the content of negotiations conducted with a view to settlement may be revealed to the Court,