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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at practitioners 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. It also aims to give an update on two important recent cases in the area, decided in 2008.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand in which cases a protective costs order is most likely to be granted;
  • Understand the applicable principles from the Corner House case;
  • Understand how the Corner House principles were applied in the 2008 case, Compton;
  • Understand the issues in the recent case relating to protective costs orders, Buglife.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Case Update
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • R (Buglife — The Invertebrate Conservation Trust) v Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corpn [2008] EWCA Civ 1209; [2008] WLR (D) 348;
  • R (Corner House Research) v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [2005] 1 WLR 2600;
  • R v Secretary of State for Social Security, ex parte Child Poverty Action Group [1990] 2 QB 540;
  • R (Compton) v Wiltshire Primary Care Trust; [2008] WLR (D) 123.

In this podcast we interview a leading public law practitioner, Timothy Straker QC on the subject of protective costs orders. In the interview, he discusses the leading case the area, Corner House, which established the principles to be applied when granting a PCO. He also examines its subsequent application in the recent cases of Compton and Buglife in 2008.

Podcast Added: 23/12/2008

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-10-31

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