Harkiran Takhar

Senior Costs Draftsperson



About Harkiran

Since completing her LLB Honours Law Degree and Legal Practice Course, Harkiran has been working in legal costs for over 7 years within both defendant and claimant practices. Starting as a Fee Earner for Shakespeare Martineau, Harkiran soon transferred to Corclaim’s Costs team to handle claimant costs files. Now, Harkiran’s role as a Senior Costs Draftsperson is bolstered by her experience in the following areas:

  • Personal injury
  • Clinical negligence
  • Defendant insurance
  • Commercial litigation
  • Planning

Further experience and specialisms

Harkiran regularly drafts Bills of Costs and Costs Budget on high value and complex claims, ranging from clinical negligence to commercial disputes. She also has ample experience in drafting Points of Dispute and Points of Reply and can draw on her litigation background to handle niche technical arguments and case law.

Harkiran regularly attends Case and Costs Management Hearings, Application Hearings, and deals for Assessment Proceedings on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Harkiran recently applied to have a Default Costs Certificate set aside after the paying party had been in default for over 3 months.

Harkiran is qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives and supervises junior members of the Costs team.

Harkiran’s clientele

The majority of Harkiran’s time is spent on instructions from internal firm clients, such as Lime Solicitors, Marrons Planning and the firm’s Commercial Litigation Team. Externally, Harkiran has also received instructions from big players in the insurance vertical, including:

  • DLG
  • Allianz
  • Amlin Insurance

Harkiran has also previously dealt with costs cases on behalf of NHS Resolution.

Notable work

Roman -v- AXA Insurance Plc (2018)

This was a case in which the Court considered the core issues around whether a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) could be transferred, and if so, whether the first firm would still be entitled to payment. The case also considered whether the additional liabilities under a pre LASPO CFA would be recoverable when a new agreement had been entered into after 1 April 2013.

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