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Architect awarded at least £400k from neighbours after failed legal spat


Back in the 1990s, my manager was involved as an expert witness for the defence regarding an underpinning project that went wrong. The defendants made an offer to settle but the other side wanted their day in court. When it came to the crunch, the judge said that the defendants were in the wrong in terms of the original work but did consider that they had made a reasonable offer to settle. Hence, while the defendants lost, the "winner" was not awarded any costs. Hence, the "winner" had a shallow victory, ending up way out of pocket by having to pay for their own costs. The judge's view was that cases should be settled as often as possible before coming to court and he penalised the "winner" for wasting the court's time. There seem to be parallels with this case. I find it reassuring that reasonable behaviour is rewarded. Jeffrey (an engineer - comment made via the IHS)

Posted date

12 February, 2020

Posted time

8:24 am