Meruit and cost dispute

Meruit Costs is Lyons Davidson’s in-house legal costs department that specialises in all matters relating to costs and cost dispute resolution.

Originally formed to supply costing services to Lyons Davidson, Meruit Costs has since established itself as a reputable and professional legal costs service provider, whose clients range from insurance companies to external law firms. Meruit Costs operates from offices in Bristol and New Malden, Surrey.

Meruit Costs prides itself on attention to detail and its breadth of expertise, and has experience dealing with both claimant and defendant claims, as well as audit services to legal expenses insurers.

Areas of specialism include:

  • Breach of contract
  • Building and boundary disputes
  • Commercial
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Holiday claims
  • Insurance disputes
  • Industrial diseases
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional negligence
  • Medical negligence
  • Solicitor/own-client disputes
  • Product liability disputes
  • Contentious probate

Costs in Focus

Costs in Focus is the monthly newsletter with contributions from members of the department. It aims to provide an analytical commentary on the shifts and developments in Costs law and the impact it has on both Claimant and Defendant claims. From QOCS matters to appeals, proportionality issues to Conditional Fee Agreements, Costs in Focus aims to cover a broad spectrum of costing issues.

The most recent issue is available as a pdf. This edition looks at the relationship between costs budgeting and detailed assessment in relation to Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, and the court’s discretion on incurred work under a costs budget in light of Cliff Richard OBE v (1) The British Broadcasting Corporation (2) Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.

 If you would like any information or advice on any of the issues raised in Costs in Focus or any other costs-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Services we provide

Here at Meruit Costs, our aim is to provide high standards of comprehensive service in relation to costs law. We seek to provide an efficient service with practical solutions based on our experience and knowledge.

Our work in costs varies hugely. The department benefits from the expertise of its dedicated team, many of whom are members of the Association of Costs Lawyers.

More specifically our department deals with:

Costs Management

  • Preparing costs budgets
  • Preparing costs estimates
  • Negotiating costs budgets
  • Attending CCMCs
  • Revising costs budgets

Detailed, Provisional and Summary Assessment

  • Schedules and statements of costs
  • Trial schedules
  • Bills of costs
  • Points of dispute and replies
  • Settlement negotiation
  • Costs advocacy
  • Solicitor/own-client dispute
  • Auditing
  • Costing reports
  • Conducting audits
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Costs administration
  • Costs support

For more information, please get in touch.

Our Experts

Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis-Nye

Partner (Costs)


Direct Dial: 0208 336 6968

Ruth Vowles

Ruth Vowles

First Response Divisional Manager


Direct Dial: 0117 904 9223

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