‘Overwhelming’ pace of change in legal costs rules and procedure prompts Burcher Jennings to launch new Costs Masterclass

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23 May 2017

Burcher JenningsFour years since the Jackson reforms came into force, and with no respite for law firms from the significant challenges posed by ongoing changes in the rules and procedures for costs, Burcher Jennings has today launched a fully updated Costs Masterclass for 2017.

Richard Allen, Senior Costs Lawyer at Burcher Jennings, who leads the Masterclass, drawing on his over 30 years of industry experience, said:

“Across the changing legal landscape in which our industry operates, costs remain one of the most significant challenges today. Balancing the tension between access to justice, client expectations and the need for law firms to turn a reasonable profit will be critical to the prospects of many firms. Our Costs Masterclass is designed to bring clarity, insight and practical guidance for those feeling overwhelmed and underprepared for ongoing upheavals in the costs regime.”

Burcher Jennings is a costs market leader. This expertise, combined with prominent expertise in pricing, as well as law firm and litigation funding, gives the firm a uniquely insightful position from which to deliver such support. The Masterclass is led by Richard Allen, who has more than 30 years’ industry experience, was one of the first professionals to be awarded Costs Lawyer status and is one of only a small number of Costs Lawyers who also made partner in private practice.

The Costs Masterclass is structured either as an intensive two-hour session or a half a day of knowhow and interactive discussion. It will cover an extensive range of topics, from Indemnity Principle and retainers, to Part 36 offers and maximising costs. Practical knowhow is combined with strategic insight and solutions tailored to the firm of the individual participant.

Richard Allen added:

“We are responding to a need for support when it comes to managing the current and future costs challenges. This Masterclass not only focuses on the basic principles but also looks at technical costs and case management issues. Designed to turn costs around for firms that are struggling and allow others to manage costs with strategic and insightful ease, our course is unique in its depth of support and expertise.”

Martyn Jennings, Chief Executive of Burcher Jennings, said:

“This Costs Masterclass is a part of the thought leadership Burcher Jennings is able to deliver thanks to exceptional depth of expertise and experience at the firm. We look forward to being able to support firms through the most recent challenges and make costs management a business asset, rather than an obstacle to be faced.”

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