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Principal Costs Officer Denis O’Riordan is retiring from the Senior Courts Costs Office.
Over the years I may not have always achieved the exact result I might have hoped for, but it has always been a pleasure to appear before him.
What stands out is that I cannot recall a single occasion where I have had a hearing before him where he has not mastered the papers and the progress of the case better than either of the advocates appearing. There is therefore no chance, and he never allowed it, for either advocate (but particularly the one for the receiving party) to mislead the court (or the other side) as to how certain costs have come to be incurred. This can only be possible through the countless hours of reading time and preparation he must have consistently put into each case. I am sure I am not alone in noticing and appreciating this devotion to his work.
The Legal Costs Blog wishes Denis a well earned and happy retirement.