Ralph McMullan (2016)

Ralph McMullan (2016)

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 2016


General Information

A highly experienced costs specialist, following his transfer to the Bar after 20 years as a solicitor Ralph also now enjoys a well developed personal injury practice dealing with everything from Stage 3 hearings through to trials , for both claimants and defendants. His costs experience can be invaluable at the end of these hearings.

During his time as a solicitor he was an active advocate conducting many hearings , initially on his own matters, but as his reputation grew he found himself instructed not only by colleagues but other solicitors firms.

Ralph combines his general litigation work with a thriving costs practice, which includes attendance at detailed assessment hearings across the country for both receiving and paying parties, regularly dealing with costs claims of several hundred thousand pounds, as well as attending oral hearings subsequent to the provisional assessment process. Ralph has developed a niche practice in technical costs disputes surrounding both fixed costs and the operation of Part 36, particularly with regard to the consequences of acceptance of Part 36 offers out of time.

Since joining Clerksroom, Ralph continues to receive instructions from clients who previously instructed him and he has also received great feedback from those who are instructing him for the first time.  He is  approachable and enthusiastic, qualities which when combined with his drive and tactical nous make him the "go-to" advocate for many.



Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

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We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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