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In principle, a business can recover the costs of its in-house legal staff doing legal work in civil litigation from the other side (provided of course that it has been awarded its costs by the court).
Promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution is one of the key ways in which the courts are trying to reduce the costs of litigation.
Have you just been asked to deal with a dispute? If yes, ensure you are familiar with the Jackson Reforms, which were introduced in April 2013.
Case C-574/12 Centro Hospitalar v Eurest Portugal was a case referred to the ECJ by the Portuguese court.
The ECJ has ruled that insurers cannot restrict the freedom of choice of insured persons by insisting on their using panel law firms or the insurer’s in-house staff.