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Law costs draftsman, costs lawyer, specialist costs counsel, costs consultant or legal costs negotiator? There is a bewildering array of those offering their services when all you really want to know is whether you are instructing a genuine defendant costs expert.

No defendant lawyer or insurer underestimates the importance of legal costs in the claims handling process. Even the most experienced litigator or insurer will occasionally need assistance in this increasingly difficult area of law.

The Difference

We can help. Gibbs Wyatt Stone are the defendant legal costs specialists. We act only for defendants. With GWS, conflicts of interest become a thing of the past. We have particular expertise in high value and complex legal costs litigation. We are specialists in dealing with retainer, CFA and ATE issues. Although we act in all types of civil costs dispute, we have particular expertise in catastrophic injury, disease and professional negligence claims.

GWS was created to fill the gap that existed in the legal costs market. GWS are not traditional law costs draftsmen, costs lawyers, legal costs negotiators or costs counsel. We are able to offer the level of expertise expected from specialist costs counsel and the range of services provided by traditional law costs draftsmen.

Legal Costs Experts

Are we genuine costs experts? Our fee earners write the Legal Costs Blog, the Costs Updates for the Solicitors Journal, provide numerous articles for the legal press including New Law Journal, Costs Lawyer and Personal Injury Law Journal and wrote the funding chapters for Claims Handling: Law and Practice – A Practitioner’s Guide. We regularly speak at industry and training conferences for insurers and solicitors.


Accurately valuing a third party claim for costs is crucial. Overvalue a claim and unnecessary legal costs will be paid out. Undervalue a claim and the matter will probably proceed to detailed assessment with no protection being provided by a sensible offer. Our extensive experience means we know what the courts are likely to allow. We can advise on that elusive well-pitched offer. If accepted, it will not be too generous. If rejected, it will put the other side at risk. We bring that same expertise to legal costs recovery for defendants.

When we recommend that a case is one to fight, you know you will have skilled advocates and genuine legal costs specialists acting on your behalf.