Role and Background
Gilles is a highly regarded and experienced consultant. He has been consulted by the Legal Services Commission (now the Legal Aid Agency) and the Law Society. He frequently advises on issues ranging from the incidental and everyday to the very structuring of a practice.
Gilles is an independent Costs Draftsman of some 20 years’ experience. He has drafted bills of costs for proceedings in the Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, County Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, Tribunals and the London Court of International Arbitration – across a range of criminal, civil, commercial, legally aided and privately funded proceedings. He has acted for both large and small firms of solicitors and for public bodies such as local authorities and specialist prosecution agencies.
He prepared (and negotiated to a successful conclusion) what is understood to be the largest bill of costs ever presented in criminal proceedings.
He is an expert on legal aid contracting and billing and able to assist firms with appealing issues raised following an audit as well as putting steps in place to avoid ongoing concerns.
He is able to assist firms on a wide range of practice management issues. He is also a Law Society accredited Lexcel consultant.
Gilles has degrees in law and business administration and plays a great deal of tennis.
What Clients Say
Gilles expert knowledge of LAA costs regulations and rules proved invaluable in successfully appealing an adverse LAA audit of a very high value file, where if we had lost the appeal the firm would have suffered a significant financial loss. I have no doubt that Gilles support and forensic application of his knowledge was the main reason why we where successful in our appeal, thanks you again Gilles!
Managing Partner, Switalskis
Gilles Ward was exceptional. His approach, knowledge, reliability and working methods have been outstanding. He has added value and I can’t think of anything else he could have done.
Head of Chambers