After enjoying another memorable year, we look back at some of the highlights for our team... 
The year got off to a great start with the addition of Chris Donnell, an experienced Costs Lawyer with over a decade of industry knowledge under his belt. 
Chris, who specialises in high-value claimant Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury costs, was the sixth addition to our rapidly-expanding office in Newcastle. 
Ever had to explain what you do to friends and family? Yep. We do too. 
So, we were thrilled to see Director Lee Carter create his ‘What is a Costs Lawyer?’ article to help clarify matters (and clear up any confusion). 
Thankfully, it’s also a very useful resource for our trainees and newly-qualified Solicitors who might need some advice or guidance. 
The latest developments to promote patient safety were the topic of debate as the best medical and legal experts from across the UK were in attendance at the 32nd AvMA Clinical Negligence Conference. 
Hosting our exhibition stand at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, Directors Lee Carter and Jon-Paul Burnett were joined by Seamus Kelly, manager of our Newcastle office, to discuss all aspects of Costs and Budgeting. 
After enjoying a successful law career spanning more than two decades, the lovely Caroline Walmsley decides the time is right to retire and become a lady of leisure. 
Having practiced as Solicitor and a Costs Draftsman, the loss of Caroline’s vast experience brought an end to 20 years of working with Jon-Paul, who she first met in 2002. 
Paying tribute to her dedication and expertise, Jon-Paul said: “Caroline is not just a colleague; she is a very good friend of mine. She will be greatly missed.” 
With our workload continuing to grow and fresh enquiries coming in all the time, the hunt begins to recruit our latest batch of trainee Costs Lawyers. Now in its third year, the highly-successful scheme is again open to find three new recruits. 
Newly-appointed Barrister Leila Benyounes is announced as headline speaker for our 2022 Law Costs Conference. 
The Clinical Negligence and Inquests specialist from Parklane Plowden Chambers is joined on the speakers list by the renowned District Judge Searl, another key figure from the North East law circuit. 
It’s a memorable milestone for our Newcastle office as it celebrates a successful first year in the historic Collingwood Buildings. 
Reflecting on an eventful period which included the recruitment of six staff, Lee Carter said: “Our growth in the North East is very heartening and we’re excited about what the future holds.” 
To celebrate Beverley Town’s historic first season in the non-league football pyramid, we agree a dual pitch-side and player sponsorship deal
Our logo is now displayed on a hoarding at each home match and on the club’s social media channels every time striker Chris Adams scores in Division One of the Northern Counties East League. 
To support the work of the Women’s Lawyers Division (WLD), we agree to sponsor the North East regional branch and its networking events in 2023. 
Open to all women who practice or research any area of law; their members include solicitors, LPC graduates, trainees, paralegals, apprentices and retirees. 
Inquests specialist Leila Benyounes lights up our Law Costs Conference by shining the spotlight on the Costs you can claim representing families at an ‘Article 2’ Inquest. 
In her address to a packed Conference Hall at Alderman Fenwick House, Leila outlines the different types of funding available and why it’s important to carefully consider which route you choose. 
East Riding Futsal joins our growing list of sports sponsorships as we are officially unveiled as their new main shirt sponsor. 
The region’s number one Futsal Club, which has teams from under-7s to under-16s, are proudly wearing our logo on the front of their strip for the 2022/23 season. 
Three years of comprehensive studying and work-based training is out to the test as Raegan Butler and Alice Dean sit their final Association of Costs Lawyers exam. They now have their fingers firmly crossed ahead of finding out the results in the New Year. 
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