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Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
M3 6AJ

Margaret McDonald (Head of Civil & Costs Team)

Civil Litigation

Margaret's civil law practice includes:

  • Civil litigation
  • Fatal accidents
  • Fraudulent insurance claims
  • Industrial injury and disease
  • Personal injury
  • Road traffic claims

Margaret is Head of the Civil & Costs Team at Kenworthy's Chambers.  She is very experienced in the area of personal injury law and is instructed by both claimants and defendants.  Margaret receives instructions from both national and regional specialist firms and has recently settled matters in a substantial group action claim.  Her specialist costs knowledge is particularly relevant in Summary Assessment deliberations post-trial and is valued by instructing solicitors throughout her practice.  Margaret is a specialist in cases involving accidents on ladders and scaffolding and also has experience in advising the primary and secondary victims in an explosion at a munitions factory.

Reported Cases

  • Best v Luton [2021] EWHC B2 (Costs)
  • Masten v London Britannia Hotel Ltd [2020] EWHC B31 (Costs)
  • The linked cases in Ramsey v Instore in relation to exaggerated costs, mis-certification of costs bills and that status of informal costs schedules.
  • The linked cases in Bradley v Kone on estimated time and standardised time recording.
  • The key cases of Smith v Patel on mis-certification
  • Successful challenges to new style Conditional Fee Agreements post-November 2005
  • Test case challenges to Collective Conditional Fee Agreements
  • Detailed Assessment hearing of bills up to £11M
  • Detailed Assessments arising out of catastrophic personal injury claims
  • An SCCO 'costs estimates' case where the bill was £5M more than the costs estimate


  • Trainer, Advocacy Training Council (ATC)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) approved Advocacy Trainer
  • Northern Circuit Advocacy Training Committee
  • Bar Council external examiner
  • Accredited Mediator (LSM)
  • Guideline Costs Rates for Facts & Figures 2012/13
  • Professional Programme Director for the Bar Professional Training Course at Manchester Metropolitan University