Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 121 (Oct)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Rix and Lewison LJJ (judgment given extempore)

Representation Philippa Daniels (instructed by Exlex Solicitors) for the solicitor.
  John Brennan for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 11 October 2012


Costs - Order for costs - Discretion - Claimant solicitor acting for defendants - Claimant commencing proceedings against defendants for payment of professional fees - Defendants commencing proceedings against claimant - Claimant's proceedings being dismissed - Defendants discontinuing one claim - Judge making costs order against claimant - Claimant appealing - Whether judge erring in making costs order against claimant.

The Case

Costs Order for costs. A solicitor claimed fees from his clients long after he had ceased acting for them. In response, the clients commenced proceedings against him. The judge considered the solicitors' conduct and refusal of an offer in making a cost order against him. The Court of Appeal, found that the judge's decision was within the bounds of his judicial discretion.

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