Eversheds awarded full costs for Newcastle International Airport claims

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  • A modern day lawyer's tale: a case caused by the failings of lawyers, pursued on the advice of lawyers and from which lawyers share fees of around £5m.

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  • This is where UK Law lets itself down. Yes, costs follow the event - but where a top UK Law Firm has screwed up, and you've made the buyer of UK Law go through two levels to prove it? Where is the justice in that? We are too hung up on costs follow the event in this country. This reveals the sheer injustice of it sometimes.

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  • This is obviously the correct decision on costs. Did the claim succeed or fail? It failed. Nobody does (or should) get costs for successfully suing for £2.00. It would be a nonsense if a mistake by a professional leading to no loss gave rise to a huge costs liability to insurers.

    I'm surprised this was ever appealled. The appeal purported not to challenge the findings of the shortcomings of Mrs Radcliffe, but in effect the appeal on causation hinged on challenging those findings i.e. that she never would have read any document produced by Eversheds. Not exactly surprising that the Court of Appeal held that the trial judge was best place to come to a conclusion as to how Mrs Radcliffe would have reacted.

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