Solicitors await legal ruling on costs

The president of the High Court will deliver judgment this Friday in a case that could have widespread repercussions for solicitors and their clients.

21st October, 2006

Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan will decide whether the Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohan SC, was correct to make a costs order against a solicitor who had brought what the Master considered to be a pointless application.

In the past, where such applications have been brought, judges have tended to make an order for costs against the applicant. Such costs are invariably borne by the client, rather than his legal adviser.

In this case,...

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