In the annual review of civil litigation of 2014 there was an easy winner for the case that gave rise to the most, and worst, puns. There is an early contender for this award in 2015. Since this competition is likely to be highly contested, and highly controversial, the
THE WINNER IN 2014
Another easy winner. District Judge Lumb in Burt -v- Linford Christie . The judgment itself was admirably restrained in this regard. However legal commentators could not resist the temptation to compete with the tabloids and positively sprinted towards the puns.
- Linford’s Lawyers break no records filing costs budget (LexisNexis)
- Christie lawyers slow off the blocks
- Cost Advocates “lawyers are too slow out of the blocks”
- ACL Christie’s Lawyers miss the starting gun
- Matthew Arnold & Baldwin Out-sprinted by Mitchell
- Ontime reports with Quick out of the Blocks: Christie defendant disqualified for budget false start
THERE IS A PATTERN EMERGING
The pattern appears to be:
1. The case has to involve a celebrity.
2. It has to involve costs.
THIS LEADS TO?
“In keeping with the football theme of the case, the only goal scored was an own goal by Mr Simpson in failing to serve his team sheets (budget and statement of costs) on the opposition before the game. The penalty for that was sensibly proportionate in the form of the additional cost caused by his failure.”
In fact the NLJ missed a sentence from the quote.
“He only gave a copy of the latter to the referee when he should have done!”
(Even the NLJ journalists have qualms it seems).
THE SECOND CONTENDER
If you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Jon’s summary of the Rihanna case on twitter.
“Topshop shot to crop costs is a flop, full stop”
SO THIS IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS
There are still 11 months to go. Contenders now have a clear view of the standard they have to meet.