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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at practitioners specialising in public law who are seeking to understand the principles that will be applied by the courts in deciding whether to grant a protective costs order, their relevance in public law litigation and their future following Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what a PCO is;
  • Understand the types of cases in which a PCO may be sought and their prevalence;
  • Be aware of the key considerations a court will have in mind when granting a PCO;
  • Understand the key decisions concerning PCOs from the Court of Appeal;
  • Understand the possible implications of Lord Justice Jackson’s reform to costs in civil litigation.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • R (on the application of Buglife The Invertebrate Conservation Trust) v Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation & Ors [2009] EWCA Civ 29;
  • R (Corner House Research) v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [2005] 1 WLR 2600;
  • CPR 44.18;
  • R (on the application of Compton) v Wiltshire Primary Care Trust [2008] EWCA Civ 749.

This podcast, with public law barrister Timothy Straker QC is about the court’s jurisdiction to make a protective cost order (PCO) in certain public interest cases. It addresses the scope of the jurisdiction and some of the recent case law surrounding it.

Podcast added: 16/12/2011

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