Excelsior Commercial and Industrial Holdings Ltd v Salisbury Hammer Aspden and Johnson (A Firm): CA 12 Jun 2002

The court was asked as to when it is appropriate to order costs on an indemnity basis. Waller LJ said: ‘The question will always be: is there something in the conduct of the action or the circumstances of the case which takes the case out of the norm in a way which justifies an order for indemnity costs?’


Waller LJ


[2002] All ER (D) 39 (Jun), [2002] EWCA Civ 879, [2002] CP Rep 67, [2002] CPLR 693




England and Wales


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Updated: 19 November 2022; Ref: scu.239607