Costs in Infant Settlements

Master Dockerill v Bakos

On Monday 27th February 2012 The Court of Appeal handed down decision regarding infant matters where damages are less than £1,000.00 and approval proceedings have been issued.

The Court held that only costs of obtaining advice from a Solicitor or Counsel on merits of settlement and potential costs of proceedings i.e. preparation of claim form and attendance at Court and if the matter is not problematic or complex which is highly unlikely where damages are below £1,000.00.

In future when infant matters settle under £1,000.00 with no exceptional circumstances the recoverable costs will in all probability be a few hundred pounds in profit costs plus VAT and disbursements. For full transcript of judgment please click following link: