Alex has been involved in the Law accountancy profession for over 40 years initially developing the firm of Alex Quinn & Partners from 1971 until 2003. His practice during this time was primarily in respect of preparation of accounts on behalf of Pursuers in regard to Personal Injury actions and Commercial Actions.
From 2003 until 2016 Alex was a Consultant Law Costs Accountant with Simpson & Marwick/ Clyde & Co dealing mainly with the development of Fees and Costs teams and adjustment of defenders Law Costs. Since then as an independent Law Costs accountant Alex has been involved for both Pursuers and Defenders in the preparation of Accounts/adjustment of Accounts and attending at taxations in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court.
In addition Alex has acted as an Expert witness in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court in regard to Solicitors fees and also the charges of Counsel.
In regard to providing expert evidence reference is made to the case of Tods Murray v Arakin (2012) CSOH 26 where his evidence was described by the trial judge as “highly persuasive”.
Alex is valued for his sound and pragmatic approach in regard to reaching agreement on the reasonable costs/expenses payable. Whether the action is low value or at the other end of the scale Alex has a wealth of knowledge in regard to all level of Costs with additional fee uplifts being an area in which he specialises.
During Alex’s time in practice he has sat on numerous Committees in relation to the development of Solicitors charges, not only in the Court of Session but also within the Sheriff Court, and in particular was a member of the Law Society’s Remuneration Committee for a period of some 10 years in that regard.
Morven developed her passion for costs at Simpson & Marwick and latterly Clyde & Co. where she worked for 28 years. For the past 15 years, Morven spent the majority of her time managing a large in house fees & costs team where she was responsible for all aspects of agent and client accounting as well as party costs.
Morven has extensive experience in the preparation of accounts and negotiation in a wide range of complex, high value civil and commercial actions and is comfortable dealing with cases from all practice areas. She has a keen interest in additional fee applications and is regularly asked to become involved from the outset of the application or to assist with opposition. However, she is equally at home with low value accounts and negotiations and deals with these with the same level of expertise and care.
Morven is known for her high attention to detail and her reasoned approach to negotiation. If negotiation is not an option then Morven has considerable experience in attending Taxation before the Auditor of the Court of Session, the Auditor of the Sheriff Personal Injury Court and Sheriff Court Auditors throughout Scotland.
Having worked in a client driven practice for so many years she is tuned in to the needs of her clients and works tirelessly to meet and exceed those needs and expectations. Morven regularly advises on accurate reserving and budgeting figures and is often asked to provide training on this subject.