||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 48 (Apr)
||Technology and Construction Court
Judge Anthony Thornton QC
||John Slater QC and James Medd (instructed by Masons, Leeds) for the claimant.
||Richard Gray QC and Parishil Patel (instructed by Winward Fearon) for the defendant.
||15 March 2002
Costs - Order for costs - Discretion - Successful claimant seeking to recover costs of employees preparing claims taken to trial - Employees costs less than costs of claimant's solicitor's doing same work - Whether such costs recoverable - CPR 43.2(1)(a).
It would be contrary to the overriding objective of the Civil Procedure Rules if necessary expenditure, incurred by the claimant's employees undertaking preparation of its claims for trial at less expense than would have been involved had its solicitor's employees undertaken the same task, was not recoverable in principle under the costs regime of the CPR.
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