The defendant costs specialists

Funding costs

By on Dec 14, 2012 | 6 comments

Quick update on the issue of how long it will take before bills of costs stop claiming for work relating to funding in light of Court of Appeal’s judgment, on 12 October 2011, in Motto & Others v Trafigura [2011] EWCA Civ 1150.

The answer appears to be in excess of 14 months.

I’ll keep you updated.


  1. Clients won’t let me leave it out 🙁


    14th December 2012

  2. Why do the Defendant’s job for them? Keep it in I say.

    Also, a lot of Defendant cost draftsmen get paid on percentage reductions. Surely it would be more financially beneficial if the funding work was in there in the first place for you Defendants to remove.

    Just sayin’

    John Hartson

    14th December 2012

  3. I was recently asked to advise upon a bill where counsel had charged base costs of several hundred pounds and a success fee of 100%. Counsel`s CFA confirmed base costs should be £125 and the CFA and statute confirmed the success fee should be 25%.

    How ironic that on another day in another case that counsel could be defending a yob who has stolen £5 from an old lady.

    Just sayin`

    Cockney Rebel

    14th December 2012

  4. Agreed.

    Draw the most excessive bills the legal profession has ever seen so defendants can get paid more. It makes perfect sense.

    Kudos to the volime RTA solicitors charging £220.00 per hour for a “Grade C” fee earner.


    14th December 2012

  5. Happy Xmas everyone. Cant wait for the New Year – bring it on we are ready and waiting!!!


    19th December 2012

  6. And to you Anonymous.

    You’re not Otto Thoresen are you?

    Pete B

    19th December 2012

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