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Costs in judicial review claims where a settlement is reached before trial

The Court of Appeal has given important guidance on the approach to costs when judicial review claims settle before final hearing.

In an age assessment claim against the London Borough of Croydon the Claimant M unsuccessfully sought an order that the Borough – represented by Catherine Rowlands – should pay all his costs.

The Master of the Rolls gave guidance that will assist parties in settling claims at an earlier stage and laid out the rules that should apply when the Court is left to determine where costs will lie.

For Catherine's summary of the case click here: Costs in judicial review claims where a settlement is reached before trial