Solutia UK Limited v Griffiths: CA 26 Apr 2001

The court considered issues relating to the appropriateness of the claimants instructing London solicitors in a case in which those solicitors had submitted a bill of costs totalling pounds 220,000 in connection with a claim in which their clients had recovered pounds 90,000. Sir Christopher Staughton said: ‘So surely case management powers will allow a judge in the future to exercise the power of limiting costs, either indirectly or even directly, so that they are proportionate to the amount involved.’
Mance LJ said: ‘The present litigation was conducted under the old rules preceding the Woolf reforms. It is to be hoped that subsequent to the Woolf reforms judges conducting cases will make full use of their powers under the Practice Direction about costs, section 6, which appears in the Civil Procedure White Book 43/PD-006, to obtain estimates of costs and to exercise their powers in respect of cost and case management to keep costs within the bounds of the proportionate in accordance with the overriding objective.’


Latham.Mance LJJ, Sir Christopher Staughton


[2001] EWCA Civ 736, [2001] 2 Costs LR 247, [2001] CP Rep 92, [2002] PIQR P16, [2001] CPLR 419




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Updated: 22 September 2022; Ref: scu.190133