Neil Chawla - Costs & Litigation Funding
After reading Law at Nottingham University where (apart from captaining the team on BBC2's University Challenge!) he won the Nottingham Graduates Mooting Prize, Neil carried out his earlier training in London in the Chambers of Richard Ferguson QC.
Neil has experience acting for both Claimants and Defendants in all areas of work ranging from advice prior to proceedings being issued, advice on pleadings at issue and afterwards, conduct through the court process and also, if necessary, culminating in fast track trials, disposal hearings or multi-track hearings. In addition to analyzing the law, Neil understands the importance of obtaining documentary or oral evidence to support submissions. He is accomplished in sifting through extensive amounts of paperwork/ information in order to be able to identify the relevant issues quickly. He is also experienced in careful and proper witness-handling and understands the importance of this skill to try to obtain the most persuasive and effective evidence for the court.
Areas of specialism include credit hire, insolvency, PPI mis-selling, insurance fraud, possession hearings (both for Claimants and Respondents), disputes involving negligence, breach of contract and/or breach of statutory duty and appearing in court in a range of applications (e.g. disclosure, striking out, obtaining judgment and setting aside a judgment).
Neil also has experience to attending and advising in respect of a wide range of costs disputes. In addition to undertaking detailed assessment hearings, Neil has also undertakes cases relating to specific costs issues.
Adopting a no-nonsense, common sense approach Neil is a firm believer in a professional, clear and practical approach and getting direct to the heart of the matter, both in conferences and at Court. Thus, he likes to adopt a 'hands-on' approach to cases both pre and post-issue by arranging conferences with clients (both professional and lay clients) early to discuss matters such as the merits of the case, to assess the credibility of witnesses and to offer practical advice on how the case should progress, in particular procedures and evidence.
Neil is also an Advocacy Tutor & Teacher for Lincoln’s Inn, the Bar of Ireland, at the ICC in the Hague and at a member of the Faculty at the International Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. He is also an Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Institute of CPD (managed by the RICS).
Fellow of the Institute of CPD
Member of The Personal Finance Society and The Chartered Insurance Institute.