Costs

Sarah has a notable specialist costs practice and has appeared in many guideline cases. She has recently been responsible for drafting the Claimants’ costs submissions to the Supreme Court following the decision in Poole Borough Council v GN and Another [2019] UKSC 25.

Her experience covers points of law, test points, Part 36, wasted costs cases (both sides), assessments, CFA compliance and success fees, claims against third party funders, costs budgeting and capping, and personal liability claims against experts, at all court levels.

In 2016 she was instructed on behalf of the Law Society in its intervention in the leap frogged appeal of J C and A in which the Court interpreted the fixed costs provisions in the Pre-action protocol for low value personal injury claims in road traffic accidents.

Sarah also sits as a deputy costs judge in the Senior Court Costs Office.

Selected Cases

  • Poole Borough Council v GN and Another [2019] UKSC: Costs submissions.
  • JC & A Solicitors Ltd v (1) Andeen Iqbal (2) EUI Ltd: JC & A Solicitors Ltd v (1) Lucas Lonsdale Smith (2) EUI Ltd: JC & A Solicitors Ltd v (1) Holly Pitts (2) EUI Ltd (2017) EWCA Civ 355
  • Webb v Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [2016] EWCA Civ 365; [2016] C.P. Rep. 30; [2016] 2 Costs L.R. 411; (2016) 150 B.M.L.R. 42
  • Michael Richard Cashman v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1312 (QB)
  • Marion Haycock v Heart of England NHS Trust (2014): Costs arguments in respect of CPR Part 36 and Part 44.2
  • Martin Church Deceased v Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust 2012: High Court Part 8 Claim by Claimant seeking to obtain relief from usual costs consequences of accepting a Part 36 offer out of time
  • Walter Hall v Thomas, Hardwick, Rathbone & Everton Football Club, Manchester District Registry 21 (2012)
  • Medway Primary Care Trust v Marcus [2011] EWCA Civ 750
  • Fortune v Roe [2010] EWHC 90180
  • E, R (on the application of) v Governing Body of JFS & Anor (Rev 3) [2009] UKSC 1
  • Cullen & Anor v Chopra [2007] EWHC 90093
  • Arkin v Borchard Lines Ltd & Ors [2005] EWCA Civ 655
  • Cafane v London Borough of Lambeth [2004] EWHC 90042
  • Smith v Havering Hospitals NHS Trust [2003] EWHC 9002
  • Arkin v Borchard Lines Ltd [2003] EWHC 2844 (Comm)
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