- Relief from sanctions and detailed assessment—potential costs reduction considered a good reason to grant relief (Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Sinclair)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Dispute Resolution analysis: the defendants were granted relief from sanctions following a failure to serve their points of dispute due to an oversight. While not a good reason for the failure to serve the document, Master Gordon Saker, drawing on his previous assessment experience between the parties, took the view that substantial costs could be saved if the detailed assessment went ahead. The granting of relief from sanctions was upheld on appeal. Written by Mark Holloway, costs lawyer, at Paragon Costs Solutions.
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