In the course of writing a forthcoming Update: Costs for the Solicitors Journal, concerning naming the wrong defendant in a CFA, I was considering the case of Law v Liverpool City Council  EWHC 90020 (Costs) which deals with this issue. Although unreported, this case usually has the date of judgment being recorded as 10 May 2005 (including on Bailii and in the Senior Court Costs Office’s case summary No 23 of 2007). This is hardly surprising as that is the date that appears on the approved judgment itself.
However, the judgment itself, in turn, refers to the case of Brierley v Prescott  EWHC 90062 (Costs). Having appeared for the defendant in that matter I can confidently state that the date of that decision was 2006. So how did His Honour Judge Stewart QC manage to comment on a 2006 case in 2005?
I’m sure there’s a hilarious joke about time travel to be made there.
I’ll let you know if I come up with anything.
Oh, no. Wait…
On the back of this decision, the judge was elevated to a Lord. A Time Lord.
No? Oh, well. Please yourselves.