There is an interesting judgment by Stuart Brown QC (sitting as a judge of the High Court) in Nesbit Law Group LLP -v- Acasta European Insurance Company Limited (Leeds Mercantile Court 15.9.16). The judgment is available here nesbitjudgment A judgment on a supplementary issue is available here nesbitprelim The Note in relation to permission to appeal is […]

There were many important cases on procedure and costs in 2016.  Choosing a case of importance to litigators was not an easy task.  However I kept coming back to  the judgment of Master Matthews in Adepoju -v- Akinola [2016] EWHC 3160 (Ch). Chosen, primarily, because it encapsulates civil evidence and the trial process in four paragraphs […]

Last year I had 10 new year’s resolutions for litigators.  This year I have one.  (The resolutions from last year remain current but one resolution is easier to keep) THINK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER, MAKING AN EX-PARTE APPLICATION OF ANY KIND 2016 saw several cases where the party that obtained an ex-parte order […]

It is surprising how often cases that have been looked at because of issues in relation to the evidence at trial are reported again on the issue of costs.  The Ocensa Pipeline Group Litigation case is such an action.  I have looked at it earlier* in relation to the evidential issues.  There is now a […]

There are some procedural issues where you would assume that there was clear pre-existing authority in existence.  However, on examination (usually just before the hearing) it transpires that the point is a “novel” one.   In Agents Mutual Limited-v- Moginnie James Ltd [2016] EWHC 3384 (Ch) Master Matthews considered one such point.  Can a party […]

I am grateful to Thomas Jervis of Leigh Day for sending me a copy of the judgment of Mr Justice Goss in Lewin -v- Glaxo Operations UK Limited [2016] EWHC 3331 (QB), an interesting decision in relation to limitation. (A copy of the case is available here lewin) KEY POINTS The claimant had suffered late onset […]

In Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited -v- Wilkins Kennedy [2016] EWHC 3233 (TCC) Mr Justice Coulson reduced the claimant’s costs by 40% to reflect the lack of success on many of the key issues in the case. On the three main issues, the claimant was successful on part of one of them, and comprehensively lost the […]

One important, but often overlooked, element of procedure and legal drafting is the preparation of the schedule of damages and the counter-schedule.  The rules relating to these documents are sparse. However these are important documents, often impacting upon the credibility of a litigant’s case (or defence). SCHEDULE TOO LONG: COUNTER-SCHEDULE TOO SPARTAN This post was […]

This is the third annual review of the year on this blog. 2016, as ever, has been an interesting year.  As ever, a comprehensive review can be found in Herbert Smith Freehills A litigator’s yearbook: 2016 (England and Wales). PREDICTIONS FROM LAST YEAR Proportionality will remain a big (and largely unresolved) issue. The meaning of […]

In Barkhuysen -v- Hamilton [2016] EWHC 3371 (QB) Mr Justice Warby considered matters relating to costs after a trial. The defendant’s conduct led to an order for indemnity costs being made. The judge also identified those areas in which the claimant could, properly, claim for items outside the costs budget. “If the defendant had dealt with […]