Sarah Robson Barrister

Sarah Robson

Barrister

Fixed Costs Specialist

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Costs decision in Wickes Building Supplies Ltd v William Gerarde Blair (No 2) Costs EWCA Civ [2020] EWCA Civ 17 now handed down.  The Court of Appeal found that QOCS applies to both trial all subsequent appeals where the appeal concerns the claim for damages for personal injuries.

Sarah Robson

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Sarah Robson

Sarah Robson is a Fixed Costs specialist, with particular expertise in cases concerning the MOJ Portal.


Sarah deals with Detailed Assessments, Oral Reviews, Preliminary Costs Hearings, CCMCs, Appeals, Fast and Multi-Track matters. She is THE go-to barrister for anything to do with the MOJ Portal or Fixed costs.

As well as being an excellent advocate in court, she is also happy to advise, particularly on technical points.


Sarah represents both Claimants and Defendants - she feels working for both sides gives her a better understanding of how the other side are likely to run a case.

Not afraid of difficult cases


Why not call and ask to speak to Sarah to find out what she can do for you?

That case you hate in the bottom of your cupboard, we know it's there.  Sarah can help.

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Sarah Robson

East Midlands based - Costs Specialist

Where?

Sarah Robson is part of Alpha Court Chambers based in Warwickshire, home of Warwick Castle.


Sarah Robson appears in the SCCO, as well as High Courts and County Courts across much of Central England and Wales, covering from Leeds to London, Cardiff to Norwich - further on request.

Fixed Costs Specialist

Sarah Robson is a specialist costs barrister with a strong reputation in court.


Sarah is known for her thorough preparation, and for providing detailed and practical advice.


Solicitors often comment how they have never seen counsel so well prepared.


Sarah is the top counsel for cases concerning Fixed Costs and Costs to do with the MOJ Portal.

Speaking Engagements

Sarah speaks around the country on the MOJ Portal, fixed costs, and SIIIA costs. Sarah is a popular and engaging speaker. She is not phased by addressing large audiences.


Sarah speaks to both Claimant and Defendant audiences, and to professional and lay clients.


Please email to find out about her speaking availability.

Service

Sarah Robson does not have a clerk - she does not need one. Once clients have seen how Sarah works and how good she is they keep coming back!


Solicitors can talk directly to Sarah when they book a case and often benefit from discussing the case with her at that point. There is usually time then to take steps to strengthen your case, whereas where a clerk has taken the booking it is often too late by the time counsel receive papers for a hearing.


It is not unusual for MOJ Portal cases, Conduct cases, Premature issue and cases concerning breach of the Practice Direction on conduct or breach of the pre-action protocol to settle once the other side hear that Sarah Robson is the barrister on your side.


Sarah knows MOJ Portal costs and fixed costs inside out.

Reputation

Sarah is an experienced advocate with a strong reputation in court.


Sarah is known for her thorough preparation, and for providing detailed and practical advice. Solicitors often comment how they have never seen counsel so well prepared.


Sarah is the top counsel for cases concerning the MOJ Portal.

Sarah knows MOJ costs, premature issue and breaches of the personal injury pre-action protocol inside out.

Awards and Scholarships

Sarah was awarded the London University Prize for Distinguished Exam Performance in her LLB (Hons) (1999)


Sarah received a major award from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for her Bar School year (2001)


Sarah received a major award from her Bar School, the University of the West of England (2001)


Sarah is also a third degree black belt in Tae kwon do and a fully qualified instructor and referee.

Bar Standards Board

Sarah Robson is a barrister regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

She is governed by the Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct. 


https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers’-register/ shows (1) who has a current practising certificate, and (2) whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Barristers’ Register in accordance with the BSB’s policy.

Contractual Terms

All work is carried out under COMBAR's standard terms and conditions. These can be found here


These terms will apply to all instructions and briefs accepted from solicitors and other authorised persons unless other terms have been agreed in writing.

Instruction

Sarah aims to make the process of instructing her straight-forward.  She understand the need to be flexible and to work together as a team to provide practical solutions. If you would like to instruct her please call or email direct.  Please do not supply details about the case before checking if she is conflicted.


Work in England and Wales

Sarah accepts instructions from:

• Solicitors, other authorised litigators, employed barristers and legal advice centres in England & Wales

• European lawyers registered with the Law Society and qualified lawyers from other jurisdictions

• Licensed professionals in the UK under the Licensed Access scheme


Please note Sarah is not Direct Access Qualified.  Members of the public should seek a solicitor.

Fees/Timescales

Sarah is happy to discuss fees, which are usually based on her hourly/daily rate, and agree a fixed fee, which will vary depending on the work required. These fees are likely to be higher if your case is particularly complex or urgent.


A fixed fee means she will charge you a set amount of money for the work required.  She will need to agree a fee in advance for each piece of work going forward.


She is willing to provide quotations or estimates of fees and a timetable for completing work.  Fee quotations or estimates will usually be based on hourly/daily rates.   She can also in some circumstances offer a fixed or capped fee for drafting or a hearing.


For trials will be provide an estimate of a brief fee and where appropriate, a refresher rate.  Fees may be structured in a way to suit the client, for instance charging agreed fees for preparation of a skeleton argument, for general preparation, and for  attendance at court. 

Timescales

Timescales for completion of work can depend on a number of factors, examples being: availability of Counsel and or client; complexity of the matter; and number of papers involved; and will obviously be affected by the volume of other work being undertaken.  For instance if counsel is engaged in a two-week trial it may not be possible to complete work within the usual timescale.  As a guide, she would normally expect to complete paperwork within three weeks unless external factors (which will be explained at the outset) prevent this.


As regards court work, much depends on the timetables provided by the courts, over which she has no control, and the need to comply with court prescribed timetables.  Work required to comply with these timetables has to take priority over other work.

Complaints

Complaints Policy

A copy of Chambers' Complaints policy can be found here.


If you are unhappy with the response to your complaint, or if you receive no final response within eight weeks and you fall within their jurisdiction you may take up your complaint with the Legal Ombudsman, the independent complaints body for complaints about lawyers. The Ombudsman is not able to consider your complaint until it has first been investigated by Chambers. Please note that You must complain to the Legal Ombudsman either within six years of your barrister’s actions/failure to act, or no later than three years after you should reasonably have known there were grounds to complain. 


You must also complain to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving your barrister’s final response to your complaint.”


You can write to them at:

Legal Ombudsman

PO Box 6806,

Wolverhampton

WV1 9WJ

Telephone number: 0300 555 0333

Email: [email protected]


More information about the Legal Ombudsman is available on their website: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/


The Ombudsman’s website of decisions during the last 12 months, showing against whom the Ombudsman has made any ruling, or any decision requiring a remedy, is available at http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/raising-standards/data-and-decisions/#ombudsman-decision-data