Trusted specialists in all areas of Law Costs, Data Analysis and Arbitration

A long tradition of providing bespoke legal services and outstanding levels of personal service

Knapp Richardson is a highly experienced firm of Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen based in Central London.

Established in 1984 by the late originating Partners, Mr Roger Knapp and Mr Terry Richardson, our highly experienced team advise upon all aspects of costs, from moderate Personal Injury to large scale complex Corporate and Matrimonial matters. Other services include comprehensive Expert Advice, Bills of Costs/Schedules/Budgets, Forecasts/estimates, Points of Dispute/Replies, Negotiations/Advocacy and the provision of Training/Seminars.

"Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives..."

William A. Foster

WHY CHOOSE KNAPP RICHARDSON?

Expertise

Highly regarded, experienced and skilled law costs draftsmen

Values

Traditional values led by quality, care and integrity

Heritage

Trusted and respected by our clients since 1984

Testimonials

“Knapp Richardson have been my ‘go to’ Costs Lawyers for years. Lisa Arbon-Donovan is superb. Accurate, responsive, commercial and great fun to work with!”

Warren Foot, Managing Partner Fulcrum Chambers Ltd

“The LFB instructed Lisa Arbon-Donovan at Knapp Richardson in July 2019 to assist with the management and oversight of the costs relating to Grenfell Tower.   This case was and remains extremely complex with multiple external providers and oversight from insurers.

I would highly recommend Knapp Richardson for their client care as well as their proven expertise in advising on costs surrounding highly complex and high-profile litigation.”

Yvonne McKenna - Head of Litigation, London Fire Brigade

“I was recommended to Knapp Richardson in the mid 1990s when, as head of litigation at Gordon Dadds, I was looking for a firm of costs lawyers to draft an inter partes bill for a substantial amount in a complex IT dispute involving over 14,000 documents. I was so impressed with the service that they became our go-to costs lawyers for the rest of my career as a solicitor (and beyond). Their approach is to be both thorough and thoughtful, combining their extensive knowledge and experience with a light touch that makes them a pleasure to work with.”

Hugh Elder, Civil and Commercial Mediator, former head of litigation and managing partner of Gordon Dadds and former President of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (2024)

“Knapp Richardson are our costs lawyers of choice. They have assisted us on several occasions. One of these matters went to a full taxation hearing lasting several days. The outcome for both my firm and the solicitors, an international law firm, was so good that the solicitors used Knapp Richardson’s services on other matters.

I have recommended them to other parties and will continue to do so.”

Heath Sinclair - Insolvency Practitioner

“I have had the opportunity to engage with this firm on multiple occasions. Throughout each interaction, I’ve consistently been impressed by Knapp Richardson’s ability to comprehend and promptly execute my instructions. Their efficiency and punctuality have made working with them a pleasure. For those seeking to accomplish tasks with minimal hassle and at a reasonable cost, in my opinion, Knapp Richardson is the ideal choice.”

Marc Traube - Senior Partner and head of Dispute Resolution Karam, Missick & Traube

“I have dealt with this firm on several occasions. On each occasion I have been very impressed at the way Knapp Richardson understand and grasp my instruction; always delivering promptly and on time. Knapp Richardson are a pleasure to work with and if you ‘want to get the job done’ with as little fuss as possible and at a reasonable fee, then Knapp Richardson is the only place to consider, in my opinion.”

David Ward – Consultant Solicitor

“We started using Knapp Richardson to assist with costs budgets and costs claims because the firm’s values are in line with ours. They are results-focussed, cost-effective attuned to the client’s needs. 

Lisa Arbon-Donovan and her team are responsive and extremely knowledgeable.  We trust Lisa to guide us on complex issues, we like her positive attitude and we very much regard her as a member of our team.”

Brie Taylor - Managing Partner, Alius Law

Latest News

SCCO Sets Aside Notice of Commencement Served Prematurely

In ABA v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust[2022] EWHC B4 (Costs), it was ruled a Notice of Commencement was served prematurely.

Defendant Not Party to Appeal Can Still be Ordered to Pay Costs of Appeal

Read the full judgment of Turner & Ors v Thomas & Anor (Costs) 

Court Approves ‘Clear and Compelling’ Test for Exceeding Guideline Rates

Read the full judgment of Lappet Manufacturing Company Ltd & Anor v Rassam & Ors

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Seeking Reputable Law Costs Draftsman Services In London?

Knapp Richardson appreciates there’s a range of issues that can arise during the legal process. One of the biggest is that of escalating costs.  Legal fees in the UK have indeed risen over the past few years for a number of reasons.  One reason for this is due to inflation and rising costs in general.…

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Choosing the right Costs Lawyer for your requirements may be a difficult process. Since Costs Lawyers specialise in legal costs and fee disputes, it's important to find one who meets your specific needs and possesses the appropriate expertise.  Here are a few of the steps that can help you find the right costs lawyer: Determine…

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