Key contacts

Andrew McAulay

Partner, Costs and Litigation Funding

Andrew is the Head of the Costs and Litigation Funding team and has successfully grown it to be a nationally recognised service.

Andrew enjoys advising on high value and complex costs litigation matters, with his specialist areas being commercial litigation, personal injury, medical negligence and solicitor/own client costs disputes. Andrew also has extensive experience and knowledge of litigation funding, with a real specialism in conditional fee agreements.
Andrew is a qualified costs lawyer and a mediator. He is a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).

Andrew is the former Head of the Management Board of the Association of Costs Lawyers Training (ACLT) Limited. He is a board member of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB), which is the regulator for Costs Lawyers in the UK.

His approach is personable, strategy is well thought out and he knows exactly what his client wants out of the process. His advice is spot on and most of all his fees are reasonable.

One of Andrew’s clients

Stephanie Kaye

Senior Associate, Costs and Litigation Funding

Stephanie specialises in Court of Protection Costs and has developed and helped grow that offering at Clarion.

Stephanie has extensive experience in this niche area and is recognised nationally as an expert. She has dealt with the costs recovery of several of the highest value COP cases in the UK and regularly deals with all types of COP costs matters, particularly high value general management claims, contentious COP matters and Statutory Wills.

Stephanie manages the COP Costs team and works closely with a number of our solicitor clients to help them improve their costs recovery by providing tailored training to meet their needs. She also has a brilliant working relationship with the Solicitors for the Elderly and the Professional Deputies Forum.

Stephanie is very knowledgeable, approachable and effective. She is always willing to help. She is my ‘go-to’ person.

Senior Associate, Reading

Sue Fox

Senior Associate, Costs and Litigation Funding

Sue heads our Costs Management team and has nearly 30 years legal costs experience. Prior to joining Clarion, Sue spent nearly 20 years at international law firms where she advised on all areas of costs litigation, including high-profile and high-value litigation.
Working nationally for firms of solicitors and insurers meeting all their Costs Management requirements, Sue has experience in working across a wide range of sectors, including commercial, construction banking and property litigation; as well as catastrophic injury and clinical negligence litigation.

She is an expert in Costs Management and has specialised in this area since the launch of the Jackson reforms. Her technical strength, high quality work and strategic approach secures maximum results for her clients.

Sue is a director of the Leeds Law Society and a recognised expert in her field, regularly writing for the Litigation Funding magazine (sister publication to the Law Society Gazette) and has contributed to several books, including the ‘Costs Law: A Practitioner’s Guide’ and ‘The Law Society’s Contentious Probate Handbook’. Sue has featured on Thomson Reuter’s PLC blog and regularly writes for Clarion’s legal costs blog.

Sue is a leader in her field who always delivers in an efficient manner. Her work is of a high-standard and she continually goes the extra mile to turn around urgent work at very short notice which is why she is my ‘go to’ person on costs.

Associate (Commercial Litigation)

Joanne Chase

Senior Associate, Costs and Litigation Funding

Joanne has a wealth of experience working with many of the top firms listed in the Legal 500. She is comfortable receiving instructions from both receiving and paying parties, however, she mainly specialises in costs recovery for high value complex matters, including brain/spinal cord injuries and industrial disease claims. Joanne regularly deals with bills of costs in excess of £1,000,000, and she is confident when conducting negotiations for such high value matters. She always strives to secure the best possible outcome for her client.

Joanne is comfortable working with both professional clients and also Litigants in Person. She also has considerable experience in recovering costs under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

More recently, Joanne has developed an in-depth understanding of the electronic bill of costs and regularly advises clients on the benefits of using this style of bill. She delivers both internal and external training sessions on the functionality of this type of bill. Joanne also works closely with Clarion’s Costs Management team to ensure a seamless transition to a detailed assessment of costs managed matters.

Joanne supports Andrew McAulay in the running of the litigation costs side of the team. Her knowledge and experience dealing with all types of legal costs is invaluable when supervising other members of the team.

Working with Joanne on cases gives me confidence that I will be kept informed and advised on each step and I am always pleased with the results.

Industrial Disease Solicitor, Manchester