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Intercity Telecom v Solanki [2015] 2 Costs LR 315 HHJ Simon Brown

In an action in which the defendant had been disingenuous, untruthful and dishonest, a summary assessment of costs was appropriate at the end of a one day trial listed for three. In each phase of work apart from disclosure, trial preparation and the defendant’s applications and ADR/settlement, the costs had come in under budget. Where the costs incurred had exceeded the budget, that had been due to the erratic conduct of the defendant. In the circumstances, the total costs incurred were not unreasonable phase by phase, and would be assessed at £68,900 against a budget of £82,300.

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