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Paul Joseph - Costs & Litigation

Year of Call: 2005
Qualified as a Solicitor in 1992


Paul began his career at Wragge & Co in Birmingham and then spent nine years in the commercial litigation department at the firm now known as Squire Paton Boggs.  After 4 years as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands, he returned to the UK in 2005, transferred to the Bar and joined No5 Chambers.  

Since then he has developed his practice extensively and has achieved an extremely successful transfer to the Bar.  

Paul is now an established and recognised costs specialist. He understands the costs issues facing solicitors and clients in the current post Jackson climate.

Paul is regularly instructed on behalf of the Government, for example, to deal with the costs issues arising out of the many claims against the Ministry of Defence brought by Iraqi civilians.  He has considerable experience of issues arising out of the pre-action Protocols and the fixed cost regime.  He often instructed to appear on appeals and is frequently instructed on detailed assessments in all types of cases.  He appears in courts throughout England and Wales and regularly appears in the Senior Courts Costs Office.

Paul will accept instructions on Direct Access.


An “articulate, confident advocate” who attracts praise for his “meticulous attention to detail, and his ability to adopt a clear, reasoned and logical approach to cases” – Legal 500 (2013).

“Efficient, knowledgeable and extremely good at dealing with difficult clients” – Legal 500 (2014).

“A former solicitor who has established a solid reputation at the Commercial Bar.  He is recognised for his focus on costs disputes.  He is really well prepared and has an excellent skill for communicating with clients.  He is very approachable and can clearly explain the law and the practicalities with a case.” – Chambers and Partners (2015).

“An experienced and diligent advocate” – Legal 500 (2015)

“A very good costs practitioner who brings an air of common sense to proceedings.” “He has the ability to digest and understand the case, see our position and direct us to a specific decision or rule.” Chambers UK 2016.

“Responsive, communicative, determined, persuasive and balanced.” Legal 500 (2016).

“He’s very good and knows a lot about costs.” Chambers UK 2017.


Tibbles –v- SIG PLC (T/A Asphaltic Roofing Supplies) [2012] EWCA Civ 518 (extent of the discretion to vary or revoke an order pursuant to CPR Part 3.1(7)).

Rangos –v- Secretary of State for Innovation [2012] EWHC 3186 (Ch) (dismissal of an appeal against Costs Master’s decision to award costs against a receiving party notwithstanding that it beat an offer under CPR Part 47.19).

G (a child by her mother and litigation friend, M) –v- Kingston upon Hull City Council (Lawtel 01/10/13) (applicability of SCCO guidelines on summary assessment to detailed assessments).

J E Jamaica –v- Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 192. (Operation of CPR Part 52.9A).

Assaubayevs –v- Michael Wilson and Partners Limited [2014] EWHC 821 (QB) and [2014] EWCA Civ 1491 (Extent of the court’s supervisory jurisdiction over bodies which pretend to be recognised legal bodies).

Rohan Ghising –v- Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 3706 (QB) (Appeal concerning the recoverability of a retrospective success fee).

R (Gudanaviciene) -v- Immigration and Asylum First Tier Tribunal [2017] EWCA Civ 352 (Circumstances in which the court will make an order for costs against a Tribunal or inferior court).


BA and MA Robinson College, Cambridge
Law School: Chester
CEDR Accredited mediator


Attorney General’s Regional Panel (2010 – 2015)
Attorney General’s London B Panel (2015 - present)