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Wasted Costs and Unreasonable Conduct

Speaker: Alex Adamou
Chambers: 33 Bedford Row

Alex is an Employment and Commercial Barrister at 33 Bedford Row, who joined Chambers following completion of his first six at a Commercial Chambers in London. Whilst there Alex assisted other members in advising clients on various aspects of Commercial and Civil Law.

Here Alex explains the ways in which conduct can be scrutinised in litigation in order to address aggressive litigation and behaviour that attracts a costs consequence. He outlines different forms of misconduct, how to establish whether or not compensation is due for wasted costs, and if so, how to go about implementing an order of this nature.

Key words/topics:
Senior Courts Act 1981
Aggressive Litigation
Small Claims Track
CPR 46.8
Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015
MA Lloyd & Son Ltd (In Administration) v PPC International Ltd (t/a Professional Powercraft) [2016] EWHC 2162 (QB)
Awoyomi v Radford [2007] EWHC 1671 (QB)
Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13.
Brown and another v Bennett and others [2002] 1 W.L.R. 713
The Three Elements Test
Re A Barrister (Wasted Costs Order) (No 1 of 1991) [1993] QB 293, and applied in Ridehalgh
Ridehalgh v Horsefield [1994] 3 All E.R. 848
Trehan v Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Ltd 2017] 10 WLUK 21,
“Improper”, “Unreasonable” or “Negligent” Conduct.
Medcalf v Mardell (Wasted Costs Order) [2002] UKHL 27
Latent Damage Act 1986
Hunt v Annolight Ltd and others [2021] EWCA Civ 1663
Daly v Hubner [2001] 12 WLUK 151 151
Dempsey v Johnstone [2003] EWCA Civ 1134
Locke v Camberwell Health Authority [1991] 2 Med LR 249
Appealing Waste Cost Orders
Dammermann v Lanyon Bowdler LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 269
Chaplair Ltd v Kumari [2015] EWCA Civ 798