We are grateful for the latest testimonial received from one of our commercial clients:


‘We had cause to instruct SPH Costing Services to guide us through the Detailed Assessment procedure at the conclusion of a particularly difficult and complex case dealing with a litigant in person. SPH’s initial advice and quote was thorough and clear and the procedure was explained in detail. The quote was incredibly competitive, and the services provided were efficient. We would wholeheartedly recommend SPH for the quality of the services provided’


Legal Team - Copart (UK) Ltd

"I am just writing to thank you for the truly sterling job on the assessment of our clinical negligence file.  This matter involved arguments concerning applicable rates, the indemnity principle and interference with the budget which, although without foundation, were raised for tactical purposes and caused real difficulties culminating in a two day hearing.   Throughout, your advice was readily given, authoritative and – most importantly – correct, and you were helpful and accessible.   You made a difficult matter much easier and I’m very grateful to you.  I would thoroughly recommend your service." 

Verity Stauffer

​Senior Partner, Woodford Stauffer

"We are very impressed with expertise and professionalism of SPH when undertaking the cost assessment and negotiations on our behalf.   They provided no nonsense swift practical cost effective advice and we will not hesitate to use them again"

Edward Holmes

Solicitor & Director, Forest Edge and Meesons

SPH offer a swift and professional service, with regular updates. The way the matters are handled gives me confidence that we are getting the best outcomes for our clients. Andrew Armson is a very proactive costs advocate. He provides excellent advice, which is greatly appreciated by his instructing solicitors and clients alike.

Local Authority Solicitor

North West England

"I have used SPH Costing Services at their Preston office headed by Andrew Armson for about 6 years, mostly on disease or multi track cases, but also on fast track cases where insurers have been obdurate. SPH argue with academic superiority and excellent tactics.

SPH are pro-active, often making suggestions beyond their instruction when preparing budgets, polite at giving gentle reminders when required, and will give impromptu assistance in relation to day to day queries. I try not to abuse their willingness to assist!

When negotiating, they keep their updates and requests for instructions to key pertinent outstanding issues and provide good summaries of net effects if an offer is accepted, rather than simply forwarding on what an opponent has argued and waiting for unguided instruction, like some lesser costs firms.

They negotiate very well – I note a sense of disappointment from some Defendant solicitors when I tell them which costs firm I will be using!

It is a pleasure doing business with SPH and to work with a costing service where there is still a genuine enthusiasm for costs law, and in getting a good result for their clients."

Ginny Newman

Chartered Legal Executive

"I regularly use SPH costing for my Court of Protection files.  I receive a most professional and efficient service from them.  They assist me with not only preparing the bill of costs, but are also invaluable with their aftercare service, assisting me with the recalculation of bills and preparation of summaries where required.  All the staff are most helpful and a pleasure to speak to.  I would highly recommend their services."

Amy Floater

Solicitor, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, Hull

"Having instructed them on commercial litigation and employment matters in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court we can confidently say that SPH provide an excellent, efficient and cost effective service. They are user-friendly and their cost lawyers are extremely commercial. We would highly recommend them to deal with all aspects of cost issues."

Nichola Evans, Partner, Browne Jacobson, Manchester

Katie, Scott, Associate, Browne Jacobson, Manchester

“We have used SPH on professional negligence and commercial litigation matters since 2005. We specialise in the difficult cases, and our requests are never run of the mill.

SPH’s Andrew Armson in particular is a font of knowledge of all things costs and his turn around speed and level of detail keep us coming back. Andrew has represented us at trial for detailed costs submissions, at SCCO, Land Tribunals and in the County Court.

SPH are a safe harbour for costs issues and it’s great to be able to telephone and run issues past them. They manage to retain a great level of service alongside a good sense of humour. An important part of our wider team – rather than just an external service provider.”

Kevin Rogers

Partner, COLP, Board and PNLA Member, Wilson Browne Solicitors, Kettering

“We have used SPH now for about the last three years to do our legal costing and bills work. We have always found them to be a highly professional organisation. There is a very quick turn around in their work and we have never had to chase them for work to be returned. What we have found particularly helpful is if difficulties arise on cases that we can ring and ask them for general advice. That advice is always forthcoming and we have found it to be accurate and helpful. We would recommend them to any other law firm .”

Legal Aid Solicitor


“SPH attended our offices to present an update on case law in relation to recoverability of costs. The training was first class, informative and above all Andrew made it interesting and relevant to our needs. I would have no hesitation in recommending SPH to anybody."

David Farmer

Associate, Wilson Browne Solicitors, Kettering

“As a firm we have used SPH for over 10 years and don’t use any other costing service. In that time, SPH have always provided a prompt service, sound and professional advice and have attended to all matters from the initial preparation of the Bill of Costs, through Points of Dispute and Replies up to and including Provisional Assessment and, where necessary, providing robust Advocacy upon CCMC and Detailed Assessment hearings. As litigation lawyers we like to focus on what we are good at and we recognise that SPH have a specialist skill set which we and our clients need; their highly pragmatic and commercial approach strikes a chord with us and we work with them (and collectively together) as a single team. One of the benefits of a developed working relationship is that as part of the overall service provided to our firm, SPH are always happy to provide us with a quick steer or five minutes on the telephone. Indeed, there is no better “costs brain” or tactician than Andrew Armson”.

Andrew Wand

Partner, Capstick-Dale & Partners Solicitors, Gidea Park, Essex

"I instruct SPH Costing Services on a regular basis using their services for Costs Budgets, drafting Bills, negotiating costs and detailed assessment.  On each occasion I have found SPH to be both thorough and professional but at the same time personable and approachable.  Instructing SPH gives me peace of mind of knowing that recoverability of my client’s costs will be dealt with properly and that everything possible will be done to secure the most satisfactory outcome."

Nic Dowding

Partner, Gardner Iliff and Dowding Solicitors, Cannock

“I have used the services of SPH Costing Services for around 15 years, ranging from mundane run-of-the-mill cases, to large, complex, multi track catastrophic injury and fraud cases. The team at SPH are expertly led by Shaun Higginbotham, whose passion and vast experience in the field of costs has permeated through the Company and consistently shown through in both turn-around times and ultimate outcomes.

I can say without hesitation, the services provided by SPH are by far superior and without comparison to other draftsmen I have used. SPH always strike a balance between pragmatism and cost resolution, demonstrating genuine expertise in order to maximise costs recovery, in what can only be described as the constantly challenging practice of cost recovery. Tactically, their negotiation skills are outstanding and technically, their thorough expertise and advocacy skills are second to none.

Since the introduction of cost budgeting, I have become reliant upon SPH as an integral part of the process and also forward case planning. SPH staff are highly experienced in providing accurate budgets, but I have also found them able to anticipate steps that will be required in a particular case, to make assumptions about particular cases and to anticipate potential contingencies, without being prompted.

On occasion, I will submit a file to SPH without providing any information on the case plan I intend to pursue, simply as an exercise in obtaining a second view on how the case should proceed. Indeed, on many occasions SPH will prepare a draft budget taking into account assumptions and contingencies that may not necessarily have occurred to me. By using what I would describe as the enhanced services provided by SPH, I am always confident that all possibilities have been covered.

I have no hesitation in recommending SPH to anyone who requires a truly expert service in both budgeting and cost recovery.

Personal Injury Solicitor

Greater Manchester

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