Tel: 0161 832 4036
Fax: 0161 832 0370
DX: 718200 Manchester 3

Practice Manager
Maria Rushworth
Arlington House
Bloom Street
M3 6AJ

Margaret McDonald (Head of Civil & Costs Team)


Margaret is an accredited Mediator, having satisfactorily completed a course of mediation training with the London School of Mediation.  The course is accredited by the Civil Mediation Council.  Margaret accepts instructions in both personal injury and costs mediation.

All mediations are completely confidential, but examples of mediation include:

  • Cases with challenges to validity of general CFA documentation
  • Cases with challenges to ATE policies
  • Costs disputes in which the same issue arises between two firms in a number of cases (e.g. regarding ATE premiums)
  • Multi-party, multi-track personal injury litigation.

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