Peter Ashford is Solicitor of the Supreme Court and a Partner at Cripps Harries Hall LLP and is Head of the firm's Commercial Peter Ashford is a Partner and Head of commercial dispute resolution in the leading United Kingdom Firm of Cripps Harries Hall LLP, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom. Mr. Ashford advises on a wide range of commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on substantial commercial contract disputes, especially those involving an international aspect, partnership and LLP disputes, professional issues for solicitors and professional negligence. He is particularly experienced in complex, high value claims and acts for many international clients. He handles disputes in court, arbitration, mediation and disputes without any formal process. Mr. Ashford received his training in London and qualified in 1986. He joined Cripps Harries Hall LLP in 1987 and became a partner in 1991.
Whenever called upon to make any decision or award, an Arbitral Tribunal should make an order for costs. Failure to make any order may be an abdication of responsibility and leave the parties in a state of uncertainty. That is not to say that one of the parties must be found to be at fault and made to pay costs. It is quite acceptable to defer a decision on the costs until the end. Deferring the decision or making costs dependant on some future event such as success is entirely proper and, often, the only way that interim costs orders can be made.