Introduction to our Firm 

Phil Bingham started PJ Bingham & Co Ltd in 1985 having previously worked in litigation as a fee earner for 15 years. Melanie Bingham began working in costs at PJ Bingham & Co Ltd in 1994 and has plans to take the firm forward incorporating all the traditional and detailed knowledge that she has acquired in the last 25 years coupled with an interest and enthusiasm for the fast changing legal and technological landscape which the area of legal costs has become.

In the over 40 years since the firm was started we have been helping our clients to achieve maximum recoveries of their legal costs in all areas of litigation, from the Supreme Court (House of Lords), Judicial Review, Court of Appeal, all divisions of the High Court, various tribunals such as planning and employment, through to all levels of County Court actions.

During this time we have deliberately maintained a balanced practice by also applying our expertise to opposing Bills of Costs as necessary and have lengthy ongoing experience of advising on minimising your Client’s exposure when they have become responsible for paying their opponents costs.

We have experience in preparing Costs Budgets for matters ranging from £10,000 up to £500,000+, including undertaking the negotiations and Costs Case Management Hearings associated with the costs management process.

We are happy to provide assistance on issues from day to day application of CPR to unusual and novel costs issues. Please let us know if there is anything we can help with.

All of our full time Draftsmen are admitted as Costs Lawyers, having worked in legal practice before turning to costs drafting and are experienced in representing clients on Detailed Assessment having been awarded Higher Rights of Audience and the Right to Conduct Costs Litigation.

How we work

Bills of Costs can be sent to instructing fee earners by email direct to their desk. All further work can then be dealt with by us, including Replies to Points of Dispute, negotiations and Detailed Assessment hearings. Likewise, Points of Dispute can be sent to you by email together with advice on offers and negotiation tactics. These tactics can include guiding you on exchanges with your opponents, whether you are receiving or paying costs and, if required, we are happy to negotiate direct on your behalf.

P J Bingham & Co Ltd are a happy and sociable team, always pleased to:

  • offer advice on the telephone or by email
  • cost files in house if preferred
  • discuss all of your costing needs

How we can help

Our areas of expertise include preparing:

  • Bills of Costs for Detailed Assessment
  • Breakdowns of Costs
  • Costs estimates
  • Costs budgeting
  • Claim One forms for Legal Aid assessment
  • Legal Aid Bills
  • Points of Dispute
  • Replies to Points of Dispute
  • Liaison and negotiation to settle costs disputes