Andrew Russell - Costs Draftsman
Before joining Carter Burnett, Andrew spent more than a decade managing a large caseload at Pryers Solicitors in York, where he was responsible for supervising the Personal Injury Department.
He started his career with a 12-year spell at Merseyside Police, serving as an officer and detective, moving into the Legal sector after sustaining an injury on duty. Having gained experience working with several personal injury practices, Andrew joined Langley’s Solicitors, where his caseload featured both modest fast-track and high-value, multi-track personal injury claims.
Andrew has a first-class understanding of running multi-track cases to trial and excellent knowledge of costs management and budgeting. He also has great advocacy skills, regularly attending Costs Case Management Conferences.
• Costs budgeting
• Budget monitoring following Costs Management Orders
• Attendance at Costs RTM/JSM’s
• Attendance at Costs Mediations
• Bills of Costs
• Schedules of Costs
• Costs negotiation
What specialist skills or services do you offer clients?
Having worked as a practising Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence lawyer, I’m well aware of the cost issues faced by practitioner clients and try to offer an experienced approach to the advice I provide.
What's the best thing about working at Carter Burnett?
I’ve always adopted a hands-on approach to recovering legal costs and I really enjoy the hard-working and fun atmosphere we have.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I live in a village near York with my wife, Penny, and our working cocker spaniel, Barney, so dog walking seems to take up a lot of my spare time. I’m also a life-long motorsport fan and enjoy cycling in the Yorkshire countryside.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Honest, reliable, good humoured, sensitive and driven.
Which smartphone App could you not live without?
WhatsApp – I use it to keep in touch with friends and my son and daughter, who live in the Leeds area. I’d also be devastated to lose my Spotify account. I love Soul music and it’s always playing in my car and at home.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Be confident in your own abilities and never put yourself down.