Dmytro Tarnavskyy (Dima)

Senior Costs Specialist

Dima has over 10 years of experience working in the costs field. He stared his career working in-house dealing with preparation of Bills of Costs and Points of Dispute, on behalf of Claimants, in a wide variety of personal injury, industrial disease, clinical negligence, PPI and investment mis-selling cases.

He then joined one of the leading costs consultancies in the City of London gaining a wealth of experience, representing both paying and receiving parties, working on complex and high profile commercial costs matters. During this time and his subsequent employment working in-house, he has accumulated a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of the costs associated work, to include: advising on retainer terms; dealing with all aspects of Costs Budgeting work (to include attendance at CCMC hearings); assisting clients in challenging their solicitor’s costs by performing invoice reviews in ongoing cases; costs of Arbitration; costs in solicitor-client assessment pursuant to Solicitors Act 1974 (to include dealing with £1.5m assessment); advising on Part 36 strategy; preparing for and attending Detailed Assessment hearings.

Dima has a pragmatic approach to negotiations and attempts to maximise recovery/costs exposure as much as possible by achieving early settlements, where possible.

In his spare time, Dima enjoys tennis, DIY projects and learning to swim with his daughter.  

Key Skills


  • Case Management Hearings
  • Costs and Case Management Hearings
  • Applications
  • Detailed Assessment Hearings
  • Appeals
  • Solicitors Act claims
  • Post-trial Consequential Hearings Costs Management
  • Bills of costs (Inter Partes Bills, Solicitor/Client Bills, Phased Bills, Precedent S)
  • Costs budgets (Precedent H)
  • Points of dispute (Precedent G)
  • Replies to points of dispute Negotiations
  • Cost Budget negotiations and variations (Precedent R and Precedent T)
  • CPR 45 fixed recoverable costs
  • Disbursement disputes
  • Exceptional Circumstances cases
  • All Civil and Commercial Costs Disputes Funding/ Case Generation
  • Retainer documents