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Steven Dawson

Manager // Costs Lawyer, Leeds

Steven is a Senior Technical Director in the Costs Services Team.
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Working as part of our nationally renowned Insurance team, Steven has specialised exclusively in costs services and associated commercial litigation and disputes for 23 years.

Steven primarily deals with personal injury matters but also cases involving commercial, intellectual property and real estate disputes, insolvency and employment matters, solicitor and client issues, and criminal and regulatory matters.

Steven provides training, advice and assistance to solicitors, insurance companies and commercial clients in relation to all aspects of costs, including Conditional Fee Agreements, Collective Conditional Fee Agreements, retainers, challenging third party costs, minimising third party costs, and time recording. Where necessary, Steven prepares Bills of Costs, points of dispute, replies to points of dispute, joint statements, skeleton arguments, and undertakes advocacy in relation to these areas.

Steven conducted the first post-Hollins and Russell reported Court of Appeal case of Spencer v Wood where the validity of the claimant's conditional fee agreement was successfully challenged. He has acted and continues to act for all major insurance companies. Steven is also the Deputy Chairman of the FOIL special sector focus group on costs.