Coulson J decides that a claimant’s proposed £9.2 million costs budget for a straightforward £18 million damages claim was excessive.
The rights of interested parties to costs was discussed in a recent High Court ruling arising out of a government procurement dispute.
The Court of Appeal expresses concern over the withdrawal of legal aid for the majority of family proceedings
The High Court awarded costs against all three claimants on an indemnity basis, notwithstanding the fact that each party notionally succeeded in their claim for libel.
In a recent libel case, the High Court clarified the judiciary’s approach to contingencies within budgets. In the dispute, contingencies accounted for around 10 per cent of both sides’ future estimated costs.
Where the Court orders a party to pay costs subject to a detailed assessment it will order that party to pay a reasonable sum on account of costs unless there is a good reason not to do so. Such power is not dependent upon the filing of a statement of costs, nor the type of funding arrangement in place
High Court Judge overturns overly generous application of Mitchell guidance
A Costs Judge concludes that the Mitchell guidance does not apply to default judgments contrary to earlier High Court ruling.
The Court of Appeal applies the guidance in Mitchell for the first time, overturning the High Court's decision to grant relief from sanctions for non-compliance with an order requiring service of witness statements by a specified date.
Determination of a relief from sanctions application under the new CPR 3.9 for a failure to serve Notice of Funding.
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