Painting v University of Oxford: CA 3 Feb 2005

The claimant had sought damages for personal injuries, namely injury to her back. Though she was found to have exaggerated her claim, she still recovered more than had been paid in. The defendant appealed a costs order based solely on the size of the recovery.
Held: When a claimant exaggerated her claim, the question of costs was not to be settled only by the size of the award as against the payment in. Such cases were fact sensitive. The court had a discretion. The defendant said it was in an impossible position, but this was not true. It could have increased the size of its payment in. The issue at trial had however been substantially as to the existence of the exaggeration. The defendant was in fact the winner of the issues played out before the court, and with some reluctance the costs award was altered.
Longmore LJ, Maurice Kay LJ
Times 15-Feb-2005, [2005] EWCA Civ 161, [2005] PIQR Q5, [2005] 3 Costs LR 394
England and Wales
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