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IP Department

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Name: Tom Keane

Location: Manchester

Qualifications: LLB (Hons) University of Manchester and Costs Lawyer

Costs Drafting History: Tom started his career in costs drafting in 2010.

Tom is an experienced Costs Lawyer dealing with all aspects of costs arising out of civil litigation, with a particular focus on costs relating to multi-track matters and technical costs issues.

The majority of Tom’s workload consists of drafting bills of costs, drafting costs pleadings such as costs budgets, points of dispute or replies, undertaking costs management work and negotiating settlements in costs matters arising out of a variety of different types of litigation. He also regularly accepts instructions to appear as an advocate at costs hearings, including detailed assessment hearings, Costs & Case Management Conferences and application hearings.

Tom undertakes work on behalf of both paying and receiving parties and has experience of handling detailed assessment proceedings in personal injury and clinical negligence claims, banking and finance litigation, commercial litigation, professional negligence claims and arbitral matters, as well as various other types of civil litigation such as judicial review claims, directors disqualification proceedings, land disputes and ancillary relief cases. He also has extensive experience in preparing bills of costs for assessment in the Court of Protection, as well as having dealt with various different types of costs claims in publicly funded matters. Tom also has experience in dealing with Solicitors Act assessments.

Tom has previously given seminars and training to solicitors on the subject of costs litigation.

Profile: Outside of work Tom enjoys socialising with friends, reading, walking, cooking, listening to podcasts and time spent in a good pub.

Favourite TV genre: The Thick of It

Something we wouldn’t know about Tom: Tom is a Craft beer drinker and politics nerd.

“We are really enjoying working with your firm and have found your staff to be excellent and very professional.”

Sara Taylor, Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre

“…I have found them very knowledgeable and full of expertise In Legal Aid, Inter partes and High costs cases. They are always at the end of the phone or email if myself or anyone else in the firm have a billing enquiry and would highly recommend them to any legal firm.”

Danielle Conaghan, Edwards Duthie Solicitors

“Having instructed Bidwell Henderson since they formed in 2014, I can say with enormous confidence that their Costs Draftsmen are the most knowledgeable, efficient and friendly Costs Draftsmen I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Abbie Huxley, Burke Niazi Solicitors

“KK Law have used many cost draftsman firms within the last 10 years but have finally found the firm that is the right fit for us. Their service is professional, efficient, accurate and they turn our files around quickly. The Admin, accounts and cost draftsman team are all friendly and knowledgeable.

I would not hesitate to recommend Bidwell Henderson to anyone in the legal profession, they have always gone the extra mile on all of our cases both standard and complex to help expedite our bill payment.”

Heidi Murphy, KK Law

“I would have no hesitation in recommending their drafting and processing services. As one of our key strategic partners we have found Bidwell Henderson to be a very forward thinking and highly professional law costs drafting firm. They should be commended on their continual investment in staff training, quality controls and GDPR principles.

Specialising in billing through Tikit P4W they fit with our services portfolio perfectly. They consistently hit the mark first time – demonstrating the quality of their work and professionalism of their team, whilst more importantly improving client cashflow.”

Gary Shaw, Accesspoint Legal

“The Bidwell Henderson team are an absolute pleasure to deal with as they are all so helpful and accommodating and deliver client focused services to suit business needs. In addition to providing an efficient, tailored and exceptionally pro-active service – they strike the perfect balance of friendly and professional.

Kelly Pashley-Handford, Spencers Solicitors

“I have really appreciated working together on billing, I would be lost without Heather Shipley and the team at BH in the since the firm started!”

Amy Butler, Atkins & Palmer

“Your firm has been a great help to Birnbergs, your Costs Lawyers are thorough, professional and extremely knowledgeable.”

Olivia Goddard, Birnberg Peirce Ltd