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Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
M3 6AJ

Margaret McDonald (Head of Civil & Costs Team)

Costs & Litigation Funding

Margaret's main specialism is in Costs Litigation, particularly high value Bills in Catastrophic Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Construction Litigation and Group Actions.

Margaret is regularly instructed at Detailed Assessments in the SCCO & before Regional Costs Judges, Oral Hearings following Provisional Assessment & Costs Appeals. She has a particular interest in Qualified One Way Costs Shifting. Her specialist knowledge is supplemented by her practical experience drafting Points of Dispute & Reply. She is renowned for her extensive preparation and level of attention to detail.

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