Case studies

Case study one

Instructed on behalf of the Claimants in the matter of Paul Andrews -v- Retro Computers Limited {2019} EWHC B2 (Costs). This was a complex dispute involving 4 litigants in person, with a background of intense dislike between the parties. There were various split costs orders, discontinuance against one defendant, an application to set aside a witness summons, and an application under CPR 44.11 relating to the Claimant’s conduct.

Clarion conducted all aspects of the assessment including the Claimants’ response to an application to disallow the Claimants’ costs on the basis of misconduct under CPR 44.11, in relation to which there was no prior authority. We represented the Claimant at the two-day detailed assessment, and also attended various hearings to assist Counsel.

Case study two

Clarion was instructed on behalf of the Claimant to prepare a costs budget, negotiate the same and assist with the costs management hearing. The team prepared the costs budget on this multi-million pound, complex construction litigation dispute. The substantive claim was a multi-party construction and professional negligence dispute, with complex issues of expert evidence and quantum. Complexities centred around the expert evidence that had been obtained from circa 20 different experts, consequently a detailed analysis was required to determine what expert evidence mitigated the claim in terms of remedial work and what evidence was obtained to support the litigation.

The team worked closely with the counsel team and the legal team in terms of tactics, strategy and provided support at the hearing, with counsel commenting “how refreshing it was to work with such a professional”. The court allowed 98% of the budget.

The team has a broad range of experience. If you have a costs issue, you can find a solution there. I think they are well regarded in the industry.”

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Case study three

Currently conducting detailed assessment proceedings for a clinical negligence matter that settled for circa £20,000,000, covering a 12-year period. The matter was funded under a Legal Aid certificate and was subject to a High Costs Case Plan. The electronic bill of costs was substantial, totalling just under £460,000. The matter is listed for a detailed assessment hearing in December 2020.