- CPR 3.14 sanction—client remained liable for costs and so to recovery of same from opponent (Bhatti v Asghar)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Dispute Resolution analysis: This article analyses the difficult situation encountered by legal advisors and litigants and potential conflicts where, due to an act or omission by a solicitor in failing to file a costs budget in accordance with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), the sanction in CPR 3.14 is applied and the party is treated as having filed a costs budget containing court fees only. Can a paying party under an inter partes costs order stand in the shoes of the litigant to avoid a liability for costs, and is a conflict of interest created in the absence of the solicitor acting under a conditional fee agreement (CFA)? Written by Jon Lord, associate at Weightmans LLP.
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