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£72,000 bill for £3,000 claim ‘disproportionate’, costs judge insists

A judge has refused to back down after slashing costs for a clinical negligence case where the damages were a fraction of the amount claimed.

Claimant firm Thompsons Solicitors had originally served a bill of costs for £72,320 after settling a case for £3,250.

That costs figure was reduced to £24,600 after a provisional assessment last summer, with Master Simons, Costs Judge, finding that the bill was disproportionate.

Aside from minor changes concerning costs for attendance and medical disbursements, Simons declined to make significant increases to that final costs figure following an oral hearing last month.

(Source – Law Society Gazette)