Whether you need an urgent schedule of costs, costs budget, bill of costs, representation in detailed assessment or other costs related proceedings, written advice or just some guidance – you can rely on us to exceed your expectations. We are regularly instructed by both Claimant and Defendant firms, insurers and litigants in person. In each case we pride ourselves on offering a bespoke service tailored to the individual immediate and long term requirements of our client.
We strive to stand above the competition, exceed all expectations and meet our clients' needs with expediency and efficiency at all times. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and work extremely hard to maintain a constant and dedicated focus on client care. Our aim is to reduce the hassle, maximise profit and/or minimise loss for all of our clients, large or small.
Toby began his career as a law costs draftsman in Southampton in 1992 and went on to hold various senior positions in and around London and the South East. He became an Associate of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen (now known as the Association of Costs Lawyers) in 2000 and a Fellow in 2002 before setting up T M Costings Ltd in 2005. He was one of the first Fellow Members of the ALCD to be granted higher rights in July 2007 and to attain the title Costs Lawyer. Toby has been closely involved in a number of high profile cases and has developed a particular specialism in a number of areas,, including high value personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial litigation and civil liberties matters, particulary actions against the police and death in custody cases.
Upon leaving school after attaining his A-Levels, Tom originally pursued a career as a Chef. Whilst his cooking talents where never questioned he quickly realised that the route to becoming a celebrity chef was fraught with peril! With that in mind he turned his attention to his other talents, namely numbers. He quickly found a position within the costs team of a medium sized law firm dealing predominately with civil litigation and all aspects of personal injury.
His passion for legal costs developed thereafter as his technical skills as a junior draftsman flourished by further embracing the challenges of negotiation and detailed assessment. His enjoyment for unravelling technical points drove him in such matters to find a positive resolution where possible, leaving no stone unturned. He progressed through the ranks and took over the reigns of the Costs Team as Costs Manager within his previous firm for the last 10 years prior to leaving and joining TMC in the spring of 2010.
Tom therefore has a wide range of experience concerning all areas of civil litigation costs and applies that knowledge to ensure that the best results for his clients are attained each and every time. He was responsible for drafting his previous firm's CFAs and client care correspondence to ensure that the same were fully compliant.
Ruth qualified as a Costs Lawyer in December 2014 having worked full time within the profession since May 2010. She joined TMC in June 2015 with a background in high value and complex litigation on individual and multi-party actions. Ruth also has considerable experience in dealing with Court of Protection costs (in particular costs of Deputies), Judicial Review claims and budgeting for Costs and Case Management hearings.
Throughout her time within the profession Ruth has worked on a number of high profile Group Litigations and is experienced in dealing with complex apportionments of costs including where these relate to publicly funded and privately funded cases.
Ruth is always happy to assist clients with any queries and will always work to provide swift responses.
Joanna qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and specialised in high value and complex personal injury and clinical negligence claims until 2006 when she began her second career as a Law Costs Draftsman. She began working with Toby in the spring of 2008. Outside of work she is kept busy with a young family and enjoys keeping fit by playing badminton, swimming and attending boot camps!
Tracy has worked in the law industry for over 25 years. She has worked in various fields including matrimonial, personal injury, conveyancing, wills and probate. She previously worked for a leading firm of personal injury lawyers in their costs department before joining us in April 2011. Outside of work she is kept busy by her family.
Having obtained a 2:1 LLB Hons from Leicester Poytechnic, Michael announced that he was suspending his plans for a career in the law to pursue his dream of writing for film and television. In spite of some favourable feedback, and it must be said a few rejection letters, he decided in 1994 to join his father's firm of law costs draftsmen A.C. Costing Ltd. Whilst at this firm he acquired a solid grounding in all manner of publicly and privately funded work, which over the following years he has built upon with lengthy stints at two leading costs drafting firms in the City. During this period he has also become a regular advocate in the County Courts, the SCCO and, on one occasion, even the Privy Council. Whilst waiting for the call from Hollywood he presently specialises in the fields of personal injury, clinical negligence, and commercial litigation.
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John was educated at Royal Grammar School, later obtaining a Single Honours Law Degree (LLB) from Swansea University. He is currently starting his second year of the ACL course and specialises in preparing a range of detailed family and civil Bills of Costs for assessment. John has extensive experience of matters relating to children (including public and private law proceedings), general civil and housing cases (including prison law matters) and Judicial Reviews.
John joined TMC in January 2014 and has made admirable progress in developing his skill-base across both Legal Aid and inter partes matters. Furthermore, his law background and talent for English often produce detailed and insightful narratives.
Although specialising, for the moment, in Legal Aid matters; John also has experience of preparing costs estimates/schedules, as well as large inter partes Bills in clinical negligence and personal injury cases. He has also prepared High Costs Case reports for the LAA and is very familiar with the rules governing the Family Advocacy Scheme.
Najiba joined us in April 2014. More to come.....
Henry joined us as a trainee in September 2015. Henry attended John Hampden Grammar School, before going on to study Law at the University of Leicester. He obtained a Single Honours Law Degree (LLB) in 2015, with particular interests in Family and Criminal Law. He joined TMC in September 2015 having previously worked closely with Buchanans Solicitors in Flackwell Heath. Henry hopes that TMC will provide a valuable first step into the legal services market.