Re Elgindata Ltd (2): CA 15 Jul 1992

A successful plaintiff who had not been shown to have behaved improperly or unreasonably was not to have his costs reduced or be ordered to pay any part of his opponents costs for having pursued some unsuccessful points.
Nourse LJ said that ‘(i) Costs are in the discretion of the court. (ii) They should follow the event, except when it appears to the court that in the circumstances of the case some other order should be made. (iii) The general rule does not cease to apply simply because the successful party raises issues or makes allegations on which he fails, but where that has caused a significant increase in the length or cost of the proceedings he may be deprived of the whole or a part of his costs.’


Nourse LJ


Gazette 15-Jul-1992, Times 18-Jun-1992, [1992] 1 WLR 1207, [1993] 1 All ER 232, [1993] BCLC 119


England and Wales


See AlsoIn re Elgindata Ltd ChD 1991
The plaintiff obtained a patent which was then to be utilised through the company, of which the plaintiff had one third shares. He later complained that the majority shareholder had acted prejudicially.
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Updated: 23 March 2022; Ref: scu.85760