High Court judge condemns Leigh Day claimants for “deliberate disregard” of court order in £50m+ costs battle
A High Court judge has “unequivocally” condemned claimants represented by group litigation specialists Leigh Day for “deliberate disregard of a court order” in a case where the costs of both sides were estimated at well over £50m.
A district judge in Manchester has made an award of exemplary damages after finding road traffic accident claimants guilty of bringing fundamentally dishonest claims. The claimants in the two vehicles claimed not to know each other but an investigation showed that they did.
London law firm Harcus Sinclair – acting under a damages-based agreement and supported by Slater & Gordon – has secured third-party litigation funding to start the first group litigation arising from the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
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This year started well for personal injury lawyers with the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Broadhurst v Tan (February). Lord Dyson concluded that a claimant who beats their own part 36 offer at trial is not restricted to recovering fixed costs. Sales LJ inadvertently delivered a shockwave in SAPRD Oil v ADDAX Energy (March) by suggesting that a failure to obtain a recording at the first case and costs management conference that incurred costs in a budget were disproportionate meant those costs could not be challenged at a later date.