Healthcare Providers and Unions
The Aestima team are highly experienced in dealing with a large volume of work from healthcare providers and medical defence union clients. The close liaison of our law costs consultants with defence unions and medical bodies over many years has resulted in the development of an extensive database of information and expertise. This knowledge and these relationships help to ensure that our clients achieve excellent results when challenging costs.
Do you require guidance when facing substantial or excessive Bills of Costs from your opponents?
It is essential to keep the assessment process swift and robust. At Aestima, we have specialist knowledge in clinical negligence and high value personal injury claims, having worked with a large medical defence union for many years.
Our intimate knowledge of the level of fee earners, reasonable hourly rates and expert’s fees appropriate for each case, results in succinct and forceful Points of Dispute being prepared. This invariably leads to a favourable settlement that keeps the cost liability to a minimum.
Are you finding reporting on costs exposure and setting costs reserves difficult?
We understand the need for accurate and regular reporting on all claims for legal costs. This vital information assists in the management of your claims, when reserves have to be set and when assessing the viability of a settlement within the litigation itself. Our law costs consultants regularly prepare reports and meet with our clients to ensure a streamlined process.
What do you do when met with an excessive budget?
The need to protect your position at this early juncture is essential. Having gained knowledge in the area of clinical negligence, our team of costs consultants can assist in submissions and give assistance in relation to the appropriate directions to be sought. Our law costs consultants have particular expertise in analysing the costs associated with expert evidence and split trials.
A comprehensive understanding of the budgeting process is required for a Bill of Costs when it is prepared after a budget has been approved by the court. Despite the recent rules changes the receiving party may incorrectly move items from each phase and claim higher costs for the pre-budget work. A detailed analysis can result in large proportions of costs being disallowed if they exceed the approved amounts. The amendments on 6 April 2016 to PD47 now require the bill to be split to reflect the approved budget.