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Don’t over-budget for litigation costs: courts continue robust approach to costs management


Mr Justice Stuart-Smith recently made a costs management decision in the Technology and Construction Court which demonstrates the extent to which the courts are now willing to manage the costs of litigation so that they are proportionate.

In the case of GSK Project Management (in liquidation) v QPR Holdings, the judge described this as “the court’s determination to exercise a moderating influence on costs”.

This decision is the latest example of the courts adopting a sensible, proactive and robust approach to costs management, so as to ensure that proportionality is at the forefront of parties’ minds from the outset of any dispute. Click 'View Briefing' to read more from Macfarlanes.


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