How we started
After holding senior managerial positions including 18 years of working in the general insurance arena and having responsibility for a claims budget of £50 million, John Hayes spotted a gap in the market place for costs and Calculus was born. His focus and determination has allowed the company to expand and we now include a number of top legal 500 firms within our client base.
From the outset, we have only recruited the very best people and provided them with cutting edge training. Our advocates are highly skilled technicians who have a strong grasp of the issues which are likely to impact upon cost recovery. We recognise the need to retain a balanced approach which promotes positive cash flow without undermining the integrity of the result. Our proactive management of the costs phases ensures we keep your cases firmly on track.
John Hayes, Founder and MD.
John is a strong business leader with over 25 years’ experience of managing customer relationships in a blue chip environment. His primary focus is to ensure that the company meets customer expectations on a consistent basis. He has a particular interest in complex clinical negligence claims and is passionate about securing the highest level of profit costs for his clients.
Away from the office John is a competitive dinghy sailor, a keen snowboarder and an average golfer. He enjoys food and wine and travelling whenever time permits.
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Jon Cape, Technical Director.
Jon helped found Calculus back in 2003, having worked with John Hayes in a previous role at a North West based firm of Law Costs Draftsman. Jon is a qualified Costs Lawyer and brings with him over 15 years’ experience of working in the legal costs industry. In that time he has represented hundreds of clients at various costs hearings and has advised on a broad range of issues and cases – including cases that have gone all the way to the House of Lords/Supreme Court. Jon has a keen eye for detail and is driven to provide the highest standards of quality and service at all times.
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Joseph Manning, Costs Lawyer and Technical Manager, Negotiation Team
Having completed his Law & Business degree at the University of Liverpool, Joseph joined the Calculus team in March 2014 having enjoyed a career in the services industry.
Joining just as the Jackson reforms were beginning be be felt, Joseph quickly got up to speed with the new test of proportionality and associated issues, benefitting from Calculus’ tutorage. Having undertaking placements in each department of the firm, Joseph qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2017 and currently works within the Negotiation Team. Specialising in receiving party clinical negligence and personal injury costs, Joseph prides himself on securing the best possible outcomes for clients having been instructed on a number of reported cases.
Joseph enjoys novel fixed costs disputes and outside of the office is a keen Arsenal fan and DIY enthusiast.
Leigh King, Costs Lawyer and Technical Manager, Drafting Team.
Leigh started her career at Calculus in 2011 after completing a degree in English Literature at Newcastle University. She commenced her training with the Association of Costs Lawyers in 2014 and, after three years of study, qualified as a fully regulated Costs Lawyer in 2017.
Leigh has been part of the drafting team since joining Calculus and has a great deal of experience with preparing complex, high value Bills of Costs and Costs Budgets for personal injury and clinical negligence claims, as well as drafting Points of Reply and undertaking negotiations on costs budgets. She prides herself on her attention to detail, taking a thorough approach to her work and always strives to provide the best service possible to clients.
Katherine joined the team in September 2007 following completion of her Law Degree and Bar Vocational Course, having been called to the Bar in 2007. Katherine is a member of Gray’s Inn.
Having been significantly involved with both the negotiation and drafting teams during her time with Calculus, handling a wide range of cases including Industrial Disease, Professional Negligence and Clinical Negligence claims, Katherine has gained a wealth of experience in the entire costs process, from preparing detailed Bills of Costs, Costs Budgets, Applications, Points of Dispute and Points of Reply through to negotiated settlement or detailed assessment. She now specialises in high value Clinical Negligence and complex Personal Injury claims.
Adam joined Calculus in July 2017. He has a wealth of experience and skills gained from working in a number of industries; the insurance, sports retail and legal sectors. Adam’s legal experience has evolved, working for a number of Solicitors firms vetting new personal injury referrals and developing relationships with claim management companies, ATE insurance companies and medical agencies. This gave Adam the opportunity to set-up and run his own claims management business for a few years.
During his employment in a Solicitor’s practice Adam moved into the costs department and now with over 6 years experience; utilising his skills from working with personal injury solicitors and understanding the claim process he has developed his expertise and knowledge into drafting and negotiating bills and budgets in all types and personal injury and clinical negligence claims.
Caroline started her costs career in 2001 with an external cost firm where she gained a good grounding of all types of costs including Civil, Family, Care and Criminal. Caroline then moved in house for 18 years working for an Insurance Law firm who dealt with both Claimant and Defendant cases. During this time, Caroline trained many new starters to start them off on their own cost careers.
Caroline has therefore spent many years gaining experience across the entire costs process from preparing N260’s, budgets, bills of costs, points of dispute and replies to undertaking negotiations and taking cases to detailed assessment,if needed.
Outside of work, Caroline enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling where possible and is a fan of attending concerts as well as supporting Newcastle United
Jenny started her costs career in 1997 as an Admin Assistant at a nationwide firm of Costs Draftsmen. In 2002, she took a leap of faith by joining an independent costs firm as a Costs Draftsman.
In 2011, she commenced a home learning course via Central Law Training (CLT), graduating from UWE as a Specialist Paralegal in Civil Litigation in November 2012.
She brings over 20 years’ experience and has a wealth of experience within the costs industry in a variety of different types of litigation, although mainly specialising in drafting Costs Budgets and Bills of Costs in high value RTA, EL/PL and Clinical Negligence matters.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys relaxing at home, days out with her daughter, or on walks with her dogs.
Matthew started in the Legal Costs industry over 16 years ago, shortly after successfully completing a degree in Economics. He has been with Calculus since January 2004 and since that time has undertaken a variety of roles, including heading up a team of Draftsman and training new starters.
Matthew has a wealth of experience in dealing with the preparation of high value and complex Bills of Costs and Costs Budgets and is always on hand to discuss any aspect of a case with his client.
Outside of work Matthew enjoys spending time with his family and playing cricket. He is a Level 2 ECB qualified cricket coach and spends much of his time coaching his son’s Under 11’s cricket team.
Irina joined Calculus in May 2022. Irina is a Bulgarian qualified lawyer who after completing her legal qualification in Bulgaria spent 10 years travelling and working for the Super Yacht industry.
She settled in UK in 2012 and transferred her law degree by undertaking and completing Graduate Diploma in Law at Birmingham City University and the Legal Practice Course at BBP Law School.
Irina commenced her legal career in UK as a legal assistant to Partners in a Defendant’s personal injury law firm dealing with the most complex and high- value cases. She instantly became interested in costs, and she continued to develop in this area. Irina joined a well – renowned medical negligence practice in 2018 where she was the sole Costs lawyer dealing with all aspects of legal costs (drafting Bills of Costs, drafting Replies to Points of Dispute, drafting Costs Budgets, representation at CCMC, negotiating and post settlement work) for two departments in Birmingham and Worcester.
Irina has seven years of experience dealing with serious injury and medical negligence costs.
In her spare time, Irina enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, exercising, reading, and travelling.
Robbie joined the team in February 2021 after completing his Master degre in Law. He is also an accredited mediator.
During his studies Robbie worked for the Edge Hill Law Clinic supporting the local community.
When not working Robbie enjoys travelling, walking and a good pub quiz. He is also very interested in history and in particular genealogy.
Carol joined Calculus in December 2021 as Accounts Manager. Carol has extensive experience in bookkeeping, payroll and office administration from her previous roles. She completed her degree in Computing and Information Systems in 1994 in Sussex before she moved to Southport in 1998. Carol took a break to bring up her family and then returned to work, spending 12 years as Office Manager for a local health care provider. Carol prides herself on her accuracy and is always willing to help everyone. When not at work she is happiest being creative through sewing or knitting or cultivating her garden.