Recoverability of funding costs


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When the Court of Appeal handed down judgment, on 12 October 2011, in Motto & Others v Trafigura [2011] EWCA Civ 1150, ruling that funding costs are not recoverable, I raised the question as to how long we would have to wait before bills of costs stopped claiming for such work?

I’m afraid I can’t give you a final answer to this question but the provisional one is: in excess of 10 months.

I’ll keep you updated.


11 thoughts on “Recoverability of funding costs


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    Kevin Hassey on said:

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    The funding in this instance is recoverable. In the instant case , the Claimant was not a prospective client , they were already clients having alreafy entered into a retainer with and provided instructions to their Solicitors.

    Costs in obtaining ATE insurance also maintained.


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    It’s exactly the same with counsel’s attendance fees as IAH’s. As if GW v BW wasn’t bad enough for claimants, you’d have thought Dockerill would have put the nail in the coffin.

    But oh no, I actually have a D/A listed shortly.


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    Anonymous on said:

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    What you’ll probably find is that clients are instructing people to still claim such things DESPITE advice to the contrary


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    Pete B on said:

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    What is your argument against that Kevin?


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    Kevin Hassey on said:

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    Pete

    Just trying to be helpful and set out other people’s views.

    No need to raise an “argument” yet


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    Pete B on said:

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    Argument:

    A reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong


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    annon on said:

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    I presume the pre retainer advice on funding was given and not claimed in the Bill?

    if all funding had been claimed then the above reply creates a serious issue, albeit for the client and not the paying party

    as predominately a claimant motto is clear, we don’t claim funding now, I would hate to have to argue against motto and would not do so as I don’t agree with arguments to the contrary


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    Antony Barrett on said:

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    Claimant lawyers’ will hide the funding costs in their bills, lets be honest it’s not too difficult.


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    annon on said:

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    really?? I am a claimant costs lawyer

    I categorically reject the last post. I steadfastly refuse to include funding based upon motto.

    Do not tar everyone with the brush.

    As Claimant i can have some serious criticisms of Defendants but the reality is that whilst some are total muppets some are skilled, sensible and make it their job to put you at risk from day 1.

    My point is dont make sweeping statements


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    Anonymous on said:

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    Calm down, it is not a sweeping statement, simply an observation. I act mainly for defendants and on assessment hearings when the bill is produced often there is no mention in attendance notes.

    Anyway I was talking about proper lawyers not costs lawyers!

    Ok, bring on the e-mails.


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    Antony Barrett on said:

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    Calm down, it is not a sweeping statement, simply an observation. I act mainly for defendants and on assessment hearings when the bill is produced often there is no mention in attendance notes of funding when it is there for all to see.

    Anyway I was talking about proper lawyers not costs lawyers!

    Ok, bring on the e-mails.

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