Our Team

Tim Russell-Smith

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Tim began his career in legal costs in the 1990s when he joined a law firm in Bristol for a short spell prior to taking up a training contract with a well respected firm of Law Costs Draftsmen in Chancery Lane, London. He returned to Monmouth in South Wales and set up his own independent firm as a sole practitioner. Tim became a fellow of the ALCD and expanded the business which now trades as TRS Legal Costs Ltd, employing 16 people. Specialist areas are Civil and Civil Legal Aid and High Costs Case Plans with over 25 years’ experience as a costs draftsman.

Gareth Lewis

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Gareth has worked as a Law Costs Draftsman since 1994, qualifying as an Associate of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen in 1999 and as a Costs Lawyer in 2011. For most of his career Gareth worked in-house for one of the largest legal practices in South Wales, dealing with all aspects of civil legal costs ranging from Court of Protection, CFA’s and Legal Aid matters to complex High Court civil litigation. In addition to drafting bills of costs, negotiating settlements and attending detailed assessment proceedings, Gareth’s in-house experience has given him an extensive knowledge of dealing with the practicalities and problems of recovering costs.

Caitlyn Allan

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Caitlyn is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive who has been practising as a Legal Costs Draftsman since 2014. She is a consultant with TRS Legal Costs where she manages the Inter Partes team where her friendly yet professional approach contributes to the efficient turnaround in a large volume of bills each week. Day to day work includes drafting XML claims, bills of costs, (both inter-partes and legal aid), preparing points of dispute and replies, undertaking costs negotiations, commencing provisional /details assessments, advocacy and dealing with the CCMS assessment process in family, housing, immigration and asylum cases. Caitlyn keeps up to date with developments in law and has a broad spectrum of knowledge which enables her to advise clients to best meet their individual needs.

Michelle Giles

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Michelle is a Justice of the Peace and a qualified solicitor. She graduated from Swansea University with an upper class second honours degree in Law and a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice. She completed her legal training with a local firm of solicitors where she became a Supervisor for the Family Department.

During her time in practice Michelle prepared her own bills, including Controlled Matter Returns, Claim1 and Claim1a’s which led to an interest in costing. She joined TRS Legal Costs Ltd in 2014 to pursue a career in legal costs. She has developed and expanded her knowledge – keeping up to date with new regulations and claiming procedures, in particular; CCMS claims, the online Court filing system and costing electronic files.

Hannah Bevan

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Hannah began working within the family department of a local firm of solicitors in 2005, initially as a secretary and then later qualifying as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and worked in both the family department and civil litigation department. Throughout this period, as well as fee earning, Hannah was also responsible for dealing with the Legal Aid Agency and for preparing the departments Claim1 and Claim1a’s and for overseeing the departments files through the Court costs assessment process. She joined TRS Legal Costs Ltd in 2015 and has since also completed her training with the Association of Cost Lawyers and qualified as a cost lawyer. Hannah is a director of TRS and is responsible for the day to day administration of the firm and heads up our family and high cost case teams.

Natasha Andrzejuk-Smith

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Natasha qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 having undertaken her law degree locally at the University of Gloucestershire and her legal practice course at the University of the West of England. At the start of her training contract with a local firm, Natasha spent a lot of time within the Family Department (working alongside Hannah Bevan who also now works for TRS Legal Costs Ltd) undertaking both private and legally aided matters. Natasha had a keen interest in public child care proceedings.

After qualifying in 2011, Natasha worked within the Conveyancing Department at the same firm before becoming Head of Residential Conveyancing there in 2014. She has since joined TRS Legal Costs Ltd in February 2016 to pursue a career in legal costs.

Petra He

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Petra began working at a local accounts outsourcing company after graduating with a law degree from Lancaster University. After spending a few years with the company Petra headed up the civil and legal aid department for all the London firms. Throughout this period, Petra was reasonable for dealing with the Legal Aid Agency and the partners of firms. She spent time working on HCCP in the last few years (working alongside Hannah Bevan who also now works for TRS Legal Costs Ltd) undertaking both private and legally aided matters. In addition to completing claim 1s/2s and legal helps. Her expertise are also in criminal legal aid billing. She joined TRS Legal Costs Ltd in 2021 in order to progress her career in legal costs.

Alex Stowell

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Alex has been a law costs draftsman for over twenty years. He has worked for independent costs draftsmen and for leading solicitors. He has wide experience in all aspects of civil costs from the complexities of the legal aid system to high value commercial cases. Areas of expertise include contentious probate (to House of Lords level), commercial litigation, personal injury, clinical negligence, family and children. Housing, social care and immigration.

Sue Eldridge

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Sue is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and gained her legal experience working for a large corporate Insurance Company in the Litigation Department specialising in Professional Negligence and Civil Litigation. Sue managed a team of staff supporting the legal team and has strong management and analytical skills. Sue is also an accomplished business manager, operating several successful businesses. Sue joined TRS Legal Costs as a consultant in 2016 to develop a career in legal costs.

Cathy Nixon

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Cathy joined TRS in 2017, manages the day to day running of the accounts at TRS and has recently joined the costing team preparing Claim 1a’s. She has over 14 years accounts experience, is AAT qualified and is currently working towards completing an ACCA qualification to become a Chartered Certified Accountant. Cathy has 6 years previous experience working as a Receptionist and Secretary at two local Solicitors firms dealing with Matrimonial, Family, Probate and Conveyancing matters.

Esme Phillips

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Esme joined TRS Legal Costs Ltd in 2013 and brings a proven record and 28 years’ experience in the private sector. Esme is an invaluable member of the team assisting with general management and business development, focusing on improving quality and performance.