Leigh Day’s £105m Trafigura costs hit legal brick wall

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  • With respect, it is a bit of an overstatement to say they've 'hit a brick wall'
    In Judgment on the preliminary points, Leigh Day & Co conceded-in-part the media costs (as above) but they are likely to either just put a line through the items upon detailed assessment or amend the Sample Bills.
    Similarly, and if anything more surprisingly, Leigh Day were seeking recovery of expenses in recruting and training staff to handle the 29,000-odd cases! As expected (i hope!) these were deemed office overheads and disallowed.

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  • As long as we still have an archaic 'opt in' system for group actions,(where each claimant must have a separate claim form etc) firms running these actions will typically have massive up front costs including the recruitment of staff to deal with the individual claims.
    Those who criticise costs in these actions are unsurprisingly the Deft lawyers -
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