BarnsChapel is a firm of Costs Lawyers based in Chester, Cheshire working with clients across the UK.

Founder of BarnsChapel, Louise Spurdle, is an experienced Costs Lawyer, member of the Association of Costs Lawyers and is regulated by the Costs Lawyers Standards Board. Her ethos centres around providing work and advice of the highest quality while maximising costs recovered.

All of our Costs Lawyers share Louise’s passion for excellent work and commitment to our clients and provide the best possible service to cater for all of our clients’ costs needs.

One way in which we, at BarnsChapel, achieve the results that we do is by forming strong relationships with our clients. Each client is treated as an individual and their specific needs and requirements are catered for accordingly. We do not treat all clients “the same”. By developing strong relationships, we believe we are able to provide a better, more bespoke, service than is sometimes provided by other, larger, firms.

We are experienced in all areas of legal costs, including the following:

  • Preparing Precedent H Costs Budgets and Precedent T varied Budgets
  • Undertaking budget discussions
  • Attending costs and case management conferences
  • Preparing Bills of Costs
  • Drafting Points of Dispute and Replies to Points of Dispute
  • Undertaking costs negotiations
  • Attending joint settlement meetings
  • Attending detailed assessment hearings
  • Dealing with assessments pursuant to s.70 Solicitors Act 1974
  • All types of litigation, including commercial, clinical negligence, personal injury, housing disputes, Inheritance Act claims and all types of disputes.

We also provide free training to our clients, either in-house or remotely, on any costs topics of their choosing.

In addition to providing bespoke costs services, Louise is an accredited mediator and member of The Society of Mediators. The experience she has in the area of legal costs allows her to be an effective mediator in all types of litigation, and this provides clients with the potential to avoid the more costly and adversarial method of settling a claim at trial, enabling BarnsChapel to provide an alternative approach to litigation and a wider range of potential solutions to our clients.