DeNovo is a leading firm of costs lawyers, law costs draftsmen, and legal costs management experts based in the City of London and serving the needs of UK and international legal practices, corporations, and private clients. We act for our clients in connection with claims for legal costs and expenses.
DeNovo was formed in 2004 by Michael Heslin and Afqar Dean, highly regarded legal costs consultants with unrivalled experience across all areas of costs law and practice, and with particular expertise in high-end, high-value commercial costs disputes.
Our range of services includes advocacy, costs budgeting, and traditional costs drafting (bills of costs, submissions, security for costs). We also provide expert costs auditing and legal costs management services for our domestic and international private clients. We provide legal cost seminars and training for our UK solicitor clients.
We have successfully managed, for both claimant and defendant, some of the largest and most complex claims for legal costs ever advanced in the UK.
We are the preferred provider of legal costs services to some of the UK’s leading law firms. We have advanced or defended costs in many thousands of claims for legal costs with an aggregate value of in excess of £2 billion.
We have also acted in many disputes about legal fees between UK solicitors and their former clients.
Through our costs budgeting and costs management services we assist our private clients – significant users of UK legal services – to exercise effective control over their legal costs spend and to make substantial savings.