Robert Marven QC is a specialist in all areas of costs law of costs. He is also an expert on the law concerning litigation funding. He has been instructed in a range of high profile cases in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Senior Courts Costs Office and the County Court. Robert also has considerable experience in mediating costs and related disputes both as a representative and as a mediator.
His practice includes: costs issues arising from high value litigation; conditional fee agreements and contingency fee agreements; commercial funding for substantial disputes; costs budgeting and funding for major group litigation; legal expenses and ‘after the event’ insurance; fixed costs; costs budgets and estimates; costs capping; as well as wasted and non-party costs orders.
Robert acts for a wide range of clients including PLCs and public bodies, solicitors, major insurers, funders, claims management companies and individuals. Robert is often brought into major litigation specific costs issues and he is often brought into major group and commercial litigation to advise and present submissions on specific costs issues. He provides strategic
advice to insurers, solicitors and others involved with the management and funding of litigation.
Robert also specialises in contractual and commercial disputes, civil procedure, regulatory and consumer law and insurance law as well as related issues of professional regulation and discipline. He has a growing practice in solicitors’ negligence work.
Robert is ranked as a leading Costs silk by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Chambers & Partners 2020 says he "Combines thoroughness with a highly analytical brain, and works wonders in enabling clients to successfully progress." In addition the Legal 500 2020 says he is “Very capable at analysing complex, detailed assessment proceedings and understanding strategy.” Chambers & Partners 2019 describe his as having “in depth knowledge of costs proceedings and is a very good advocate. He is also very easy to communicate with.” Legal 500 2019 says he is “not afraid to state an opinion and does not sit on the fence.” Chambers & Partners 2018
describes him as having an “enormous depth of knowledge, is highly responsive and is a real pleasure to work with on every level.” Chambers & Partners 2017 described him as “Very intelligent, excellent with difficult clients and very forensic.” The Legal 500 2017 says “He provides top-class analytical skills and is excellent at focusing on the key issues.”