CLAIMANT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION TO RELY ON EXPERT EVIDENCE ON DEPUTYSHIP AND COURT OF PROTECTION COSTS: SUCCESSFUL APPEAL TO THE HIGH COURT

CLAIMANT SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION TO RELY ON EXPERT EVIDENCE ON DEPUTYSHIP AND COURT OF PROTECTION COSTS: SUCCESSFUL APPEAL TO THE HIGH COURT

I am grateful to Daniel Slade from Express Solicitors for sending me a copy of the decision of Mr Justice Soole in Collins -v- Buyers [2022] EWHC 3103 (KB). It is a case where the claimant was successful in appealing a…

PROVING THINGS 243: ITS WITNESSES THAT COUNT IN FINDING PRIMARY FACTS, NOT EXPERTS

PROVING THINGS 243: ITS WITNESSES THAT COUNT IN FINDING PRIMARY FACTS, NOT EXPERTS

The Court of Appeal judgment today in Taylor & Anor v Raspin [2022] EWCA Civ 1613 emphasises the difficulty in appealing findings of fact.   The Court also took a little time to point out the limited role of experts in…

EXPERTS: A PARTY CANNOT INSIST THAT A SINGLE JOINTLY INSTRUCTED EXPERT BE MALE: COURT OF APPEAL DECISION

In N (A Child), Re (Instruction of Expert) [2022] EWCA Civ 1588 the Court of Appeal rejected an argument that a single joint expert should have been male.  The judgment emphasises the point that a party wishing to argue for…

PROBLEMS WITH EXPERTS- THE ISSUES ARE UNIVERSAL: AN EXAMPLE FROM THE IRISH COURTS: WEBINAR ON EXPERTS 14th DECEMBER 2022

When in September I planned the webinar Expert Evidence in the Courts in 2022 there had been a dozen or so cases relating to experts in litigation. Since then there have been half a dozen more.   There is an example…

THE COURT CANNOT COMPEL A PARTY TO CALL A WITNESS: "PARTY AUTONOMY IS PARAMOUNT"

THE COURT CANNOT COMPEL A PARTY TO CALL A WITNESS: “PARTY AUTONOMY IS PARAMOUNT”

In QX v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 1541 (22 November 2022) the Court of Appeal held that the courts have no power to compel a party to call a witness. “The starting proposition must…

EVIDENCE OF STATISTICS FROM DEFENDANTS' SOLICITORS RELATING TO CLAIMS NOT EXCLUDED: HIGH COURT DECISION

EVIDENCE OF STATISTICS FROM DEFENDANTS’ SOLICITORS RELATING TO CLAIMS NOT EXCLUDED: HIGH COURT DECISION

The judgment of Mr Justice Freedman in Kerseviciene v Quadri & Anor [2022] EWHC 2951 (KB) is of considerable interest to anyone involved in litigation, particular personal injury litigation.  The judge upheld a finding that a witness statement from the…

NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED IN TIME WHEN IT WAS ELECTRONICALLY FILED AFTER 4.30 pm: COURT OF APPEAL DECISION

NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED IN TIME WHEN IT WAS ELECTRONICALLY FILED AFTER 4.30 pm: COURT OF APPEAL DECISION

In  Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd & Ors v JJH Enterprises Ltd (Re Electronic Filing of Appellant’s Notice) [2022] EWCA Civ 1509 the Court of Appeal upheld a finding that an appellant’s notice filed electronically after 4.30pm on the last date…

THE “OLD” CONDITIONAL FEE SCHEME WAS IN BREACH OF ARTICLE 6:UNINSURED DEFENDANTS NOT SENT TO COVENTRY

Amidst the bustle of recent cases about costs the European Court of Human Rights decision in Coventry v. the United Kingdom – 6016/16 may well be overlooked. The Court found that the “old” system of conditional fee litigation, whereby a defendant was…

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 5: WANT TO SEE THE FINAL COURT OF APPEAL ORDER?

The previous post on Belsner indicated that a final order had been made by the Court of Appeal. That order can be seen here BelsnerSEALED ORDER (1)  and the text is reproduced below.  The interesting aspect of the order is,…

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 4: FAIR COSTS AND LEGAL FICTION : PLUS A USEFUL WEBINAR

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 4: FAIR COSTS AND LEGAL FICTION : PLUS A USEFUL WEBINAR

The latest development in Belsner v CAM Legal Services Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1387 is that the unsuccessful claimant has been ordered to pay £130,000 on account of costs and repay £25,000 that was previously paid to her. However, here I…

PROVING THINGS 242: A SOLICITOR'S SHORTHAND NOTE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MAGISTRATES' COURT IS NOT GOING TO CARRY ANY WEIGHT AT ALL

PROVING THINGS 242: A SOLICITOR’S SHORTHAND NOTE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MAGISTRATES’ COURT IS NOT GOING TO CARRY ANY WEIGHT AT ALL

The judgment of Mr Justice Garnham in Correia v Williams [2022] EWHC 2824 (KB),  was looked at yesterday on this blog. The judgment also contains an interesting approach to civil evidence at trial. The claimant’s solicitor prepared a witness statement annexing her…

APPEAL COURT UPHOLDS TRIAL JUDGE'S DECISION TO REFUSE TO ADMIT WITNESS STATEMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPEAKER THAT HAD NOT BEEN DRAFTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES

APPEAL COURT UPHOLDS TRIAL JUDGE’S DECISION TO REFUSE TO ADMIT WITNESS STATEMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPEAKER THAT HAD NOT BEEN DRAFTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES

I am grateful to barrister Jake Rowley for drawing my attention to the judgment of Mr Justice Garnham in Correia v Williams [2022] EWHC 2824 (KB). Mr Justice Garnham refused an appeal when a judge had held that a witness…

COURT UPHOLDS TRIAL JUDGE'S DECISION NOT TO ALLOW A WITNESS TO GIVE "SUPPLEMENTARY EVIDENCE": THE WITNESS STATEMENT IS USUALLY THE START AND FINISH OF EVIDENCE IN CHIEF

COURT UPHOLDS TRIAL JUDGE’S DECISION NOT TO ALLOW A WITNESS TO GIVE “SUPPLEMENTARY EVIDENCE”: THE WITNESS STATEMENT IS USUALLY THE START AND FINISH OF EVIDENCE IN CHIEF

The judgment of Mrs Justice Heather Williams in Lydford v Skinner [2021] EWHC 3783 (QB) could well appear in the “Proving Things” series. A claimant’s action for damages for personal injury failed because he failed to establish that an occupier was…

I'M PICKING UP BAD CITATIONS: USE LAW REPORTS - DON'T SURF THE NET

I’M PICKING UP BAD CITATIONS: USE LAW REPORTS – DON’T SURF THE NET

There is a short postscript to the judgment of Paul Bowen KC (sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) in YR, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Lambeth [2022] EWHC 2813 (Admin), which is of general importance….

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 3: THE COMMENTARY:   A DOZEN POSTS TO THINK ABOUT

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 3: THE COMMENTARY: A DOZEN POSTS TO THINK ABOUT

There is no shortage of commentary on the Belsner case.  I have rounded up a dozen posts here.   Unusually those representing both sides (and the intervenor) have given some commentary.  I have set out the links below.     TWO…

COST BITES 28: APPEALING AGAINST AN ORDER FOR COSTS: THE MAJOR HURDLE INVOLVED AND THE RELEVANCE OF A NON-PART 36 OFFER TO SETTLE

COST BITES 28: APPEALING AGAINST AN ORDER FOR COSTS: THE MAJOR HURDLE INVOLVED AND THE RELEVANCE OF A NON-PART 36 OFFER TO SETTLE

In TMO Renewables Ltd v Yeo & Ors [2022] EWCA Civ 1409 the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against an order for costs.  The case is a reminder of the difficulty in appealing a decision as to costs.  Further…

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 2: WELL THIS IS ALL A BIT BONKERS REALLY (2): "THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN CONTENTIOUS AND NON-CONTENTIOUS COSTS IS OUTDATED AND ILLOGICAL"

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 2: WELL THIS IS ALL A BIT BONKERS REALLY (2): “THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN CONTENTIOUS AND NON-CONTENTIOUS COSTS IS OUTDATED AND ILLOGICAL”

Continuing with the analysis of the judgment in Belsner v CAM Legal Services Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1387 we now look at the decision in relation to whether these were contentious or non-contentious costs. “the distinction between contentious and non-contentious…

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 1: WELL - THIS IS ALL A BIT BONKERS REALLY

ANALYSIS OF BELSNER 1: WELL – THIS IS ALL A BIT BONKERS REALLY

The first point that has to be made about the decision  in Belsner v CAM Legal Services Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1387  relates to economics. The argument that took four days in the Court of Appeal was over a small…

COST BITES 27: WHAT DOES "PROCEEDINGS" MEAN: COURT OF APPEAL ALLOWS APPEAL IN RELATION TO QOCS AND A MIXED CLAIM

COST BITES 27: WHAT DOES “PROCEEDINGS” MEAN: COURT OF APPEAL ALLOWS APPEAL IN RELATION TO QOCS AND A MIXED CLAIM

In Achille v Lawn Tennis Association Services Ltd [2022] EWCA Civ 1407 the Court of Appeal considered the meaning of the word “proceedings” in the costs of a claimant bringing a “mixed claim” for damages. It held that it was…

SECOND COURT OF APPEAL DECISION ON COSTS TODAY: A WARNING SHOT FIRED AFTER BELSNER

SECOND COURT OF APPEAL DECISION ON COSTS TODAY: A WARNING SHOT FIRED AFTER BELSNER

Fast on the heels of the judgment in Belsner today was the Court of Appeal decision in Karatysz v SGI Legal LLP [2022] EWCA Civ 1388, where a clear warning shot was fired in relation to the practice of seeking…