Jon-Paul Burnett - Director
Jon-Paul founded Carter Burnett in 2018 after gaining over 20 years’ extensive experience dealing almost exclusively with Costs Claims arising out of complex clinical negligence disputes.
He is a specialist in the preparation of costs budgets in multi-million-pound claims, including attending at CCMCs. Jon-Paul also specialises in drafting bills of costs in respect of complex brain injury claims including cerebral palsy claims. He deals with claims for inception to conclusion and regularly negotiates highly favourable settlements of complex costs disputes.
Since leaving the College of Law in York back in 1997, he has worked on many notable cases including Lownds v Home Office, FACT v MOD and Havenga v Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust & Anor.
During his formative years as a Costs Draftsman, Jon-Paul handled Costs Claims arising out of complex child care proceedings and criminal proceedings in addition to gaining a solid foundation of costs disputes arising from highly complex clinical negligence claims. Prior the inception of the Jackson Reforms, he played a pivotal role in ensuring clients were ready to meet the challenges of Costs Budgeting.
• 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
How do you try to achieve great results for clients?
We adopt the ethos that all documents we prepare must be of the highest quality so that the work can stand up to scrutiny when presented in front of a Judge. Our whole team know this is our approach and we make it a priority to understand each case, and how it has been run, so that we can highlight relevant costs in the most efficient way possible.
A case may have run for several years and invariably will be highly complex. A detailed understanding of the litigation is of the utmost importance when justifying the costs claimed at Provisional or Detailed Assessment.
We make sure our work goes back to the client in a way which is well presented and easy to understand, so that they’re happy and ready to proceed with the budgeting or assessment process. We aim to make life easier for our clients as well as maximising recoveries.
What's the best thing about working at Carter Burnett?
We want our team members to feel appreciated for what they do and try to develop them and help them grow, so they can enjoy a career with progression. Not only do we provide the funding to pay for training or courses, we also give people the time off to attend study days or training so they can develop and advance their careers.
What are your main interests or hobbies?
I live with my wife Belinda and our two girls, Evie-Rose and Amelie who keep me very busy taking them to and from their various hobbies or social events!
When I get time to myself, I like to go hill walking and love using the App Lpmppt to find and explore good routes. I also enjoy getting out on my Cannondale road bike to head off and see the Yorkshire Wolds, particularly towards Kilham, Rudston Parva and Scarborough. There are some great views and even bigger hills!
What music do you like – any specific genre or artists?
Music wise, I do love listening to electronic beats. I like Maribou State, LCD Sound System, Bonobo and I’m also partial to a bit of David Bowie.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Conscientious, easy going, organised, funny & a family man.
What’s your favourite food?
My go-to-choice is usually seafood as fish is a real favourite of mine. Anything French or a classic fish dish would always go down well with me.
What film or boxset would you recommend to others?
I’m more of a reader than a TV person, but I did enjoy Stranger Things and I do enjoy anything that is like Game of Thrones or that sort of genre.
Do you have a favourite book and why?
After getting hooked by reading Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones series, I really like the ‘Fantasy’ genre. My favourite book is probably The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. George R Martin and Stephen King are also big favourites.
Who would you most like to meet and why?
David Bowie is a bit of a musical hero and I’d love to have spent a few hours in his company talking about music and his outlook on life.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Just do it. Don’t dwell on it.