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Cost applications and hearing


Cost applications and hearings are fundamental aspects of the legal process, serving to ensure fairness and equitable outcomes in legal disputes. They are designed to address the financial aspect of litigation, ensuring that parties involved are appropriately compensated for their legal expenses. These procedures are vital for achieving financial justice within the legal system.


Cost Applications: A cost application is a formal request made by one party to recover the legal costs incurred during the litigation process from the opposing party. It serves to prevent the prevailing party from shouldering the entire financial burden of their legal representation. Cost applications can encompass various expenses, including solicitors’ fees, court fees, expert witness fees, and other disbursements.

Grounds for Cost Applications: Cost applications can be made on several grounds, including:

  1. Costs Follow the Event: In many legal systems, the principle of “costs follow the event” applies, where the losing party is typically ordered to pay the legal costs of the winning party. Cost applications ensure that this principle is upheld.

  2. Unreasonable Conduct: If a party has acted unreasonably during the litigation process, such as making frivolous claims or causing unjustified delays, the court may order them to pay the opposing party’s costs.

  3. Part 36 Offers: Some jurisdictions consider Part 36 offers (settlement offers) in cost applications. If a party rejects a reasonable Part 36 offer and subsequently obtains a less favorable judgment at trial, they may be required to pay the other party’s costs from the date of the offer.

Cost Hearings: A cost hearing is a formal proceeding during which the court assesses and determines the amount of costs to be awarded to the successful party. It involves a detailed examination of the legal expenses claimed, ensuring they are reasonable and proportionate to the issues at hand.

In a cost hearing, both parties present evidence and arguments related to costs. The court considers various factors, including the complexity of the case, the parties’ conduct, and any settlement offers made. The aim is to arrive at a just and fair determination of costs.

Importance of Cost Applications and Hearings: Cost applications and hearings are essential for upholding fairness and transparency in the legal system. They ensure that the financial burdens of litigation are shared equitably between the parties, discouraging frivolous or obstructive behavior. Additionally, they incentivize parties to engage in settlement discussions and consider reasonable offers, as the potential cost consequences of rejecting such offers can be substantial.


At Diplock Solicitors, we possess extensive experience in handling cost applications and representing clients in cost hearings. Our objective is to assist clients in recovering their rightful legal expenses or defending against unjust cost claims. We possess a deep understanding of cost law and are dedicated to securing the best possible outcome for our clients. Cost applications and hearings are integral components of our commitment to providing comprehensive legal support throughout the litigation process.

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