Cases

SE Bolt Burdon Solicitors v (1) Aijaz Tariq (2) Azeem Tariq (3) Aimees Tariq (2016) [2016] EWHC 811 (QB) [2016] 2 Costs LR 359

Where a client objected to a non-contentious business agreement as being unfair or unreasonable, pursuant to the s57 (5) Solicitors Act 1974, the court had to consider the issues of fairness and reasonableness separately. Fairness related principally to the manner in which the agreement came to be made, whereas reasonableness related principally to the terms of the agreement. Read more  

SE Howes Percival LLP -V- Nicholas Page and Sarah Page [2013] EWHC 4104

A challenge based on alleged breach of the Contracts Made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work Regulations 2008. Read more  

SE Garnat Trading & Shipping (Singapore) PTE Ltd v Thomas Cooper (A Firm) (2016) [2016] EWHC 18 (Ch)

An additional agreement made between solicitors and their client, after successful litigation but before a subsequent appeal hearing, fundamentally altered the original basis on which the firm had been entitled to charge the client and created a single, new and unenforceable contract. However, it could be severed, leaving the original retainer to cover everything except the appeal. Read more  

SE BOLT BURDON SOLICITORS v (1) AIJAZ TARIQ (2) AZEEM TARIQ (3) AMEES TARIQ (2016) [2016] EWHC 811 (QB) [2016] 2 Costs LR 359

Where a client objected to a non-contentious business agreement as being unfair or unreasonable, pursuant to the s57 (5) Solicitors Act 1974, the court had to consider the issues of fairness and reasonableness separately. Fairness related principally to the manner in which the agreement came to be made, whereas reasonableness related principally to the terms of the agreement. Read more  

SE Spartafield Ltd v (1) Penten Group Ltd (2) Ranjith Ratnasingham (2017) [2017] EWHC 1121 (TCC) [2017] 3 Costs LR 467

The court did not exercise its discretion under s51 Senior Courts Act 1981 to make a director of the defendant company pay the costs of the proceedings. The director had funded approximately 25% of the proceedings and wanted the company to recover money held by the court, but not for his personal benefit; he had wanted to pay off the company’s creditors. Read more  

SE Maiden London Ltd v Ruddick & Anor (2018) [2018] EWHC 3684 (QB)

In making an order awarding costs for three planning appeals, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government might have intended that duplicated costs would be paid once rather than three times, but the order stated that common costs incurred in the three appeals should be excluded. A costs judge could not go behind the words of the order and a deputy master had been wrong to assess costs as what the order should have been rather than what it was. The order should have been challenged by way of judicial review. Read more  

SE Eric Christopher Dunbar v Virgo Consultancy Services Ltd (2019) LTL 1/3/2019 : [2019] 2 WLUK 463

A solicitor should not, on an assessment, recover costs that had been unreasonably incurred as a result of a failure to provide adequate costs advice. In the instant case, the solicitors’ charges would be reduced by over 75% as a result of their failure to provide adequate costs advice to the client. Read more  

SL CON Case 3: Ad hoc arbitration

Lead counsel in Thai seated arbitration concerning construction of elevated frontage roads package for international airport in Southeast Asia. Read more  

SL CON Case 2: ICC Arbitration

Co-lead counsel in Stockholm seated arbitration concerning construction of a class A office building in Eastern Europe Read more  

SL CON Case 1: SIAC Arbitration

Lead counsel in Singapore seated SIAC arbitration over tunnelling works for underground transportation project in Southeast Asia. Read more  

SL EN Case 7: ICC Arbitration

Co-lead counsel in Singapore seated arbitration over construction of a polymer advanced material compounding plan in Southeast Asia between Belgium and Australian parties. Read more  

SL EN Case 6: ICC Arbitration

Co-lead counsel in Paris seated arbitration over civil works for petrochemical plant between Japanese and Singapore parties. Read more