Farrer v Lacy, Hartland and Co: 1885

The court will seek not to allow the power to order security for costs to be used as an instrument of oppression, by stifling a genuine claim by an indigent company against a more prosperous company, particularly when the failure to meet that claim might in itself have been a material cause of the plaintiff’s impecuniosity.

Bowen LJ
(1885) 28 Ch D 482
Cited by:
CitedKeary Developments v Tarmac Constructions CA 1995
The court set out the principles to be applied by the court upon an application for security for costs.
1. The court has a complete discretion whether to order security, and accordingly it will act in the light of all the relevant . .

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Costs, Litigation Practice

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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.225884