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13 April 2022
Thomas Herbert Appears in High Court Family Costs Appeal

On 4 April 2022, Arbuthnot J handed down judgment in C v S [2022] EWHC 800 (Fam), in which Thomas Herbert appeared pro bono for the Respondent.

The case concerned an appeal by the father against the refusal of his costs application in long-running and complex private law children proceedings. The father sought costs of £367,000. Allowing the appeal, Arbuthnot J awarded costs of the fact-finding stage of proceedings (one of three substantive hearings) summarily assessed at £37,000.

The judgment will be of interest to family law practitioners as well as costs practitioners. It contains a thorough summary of the law on costs in children cases and of the proper approach to such matters on appeal. It is also notable in that it was argued by civil counsel on both sides.

To read the judgment, please click here.

Thomas has busy and diverse practice and, for his level of call, is a particularly experienced appeal advocate. To read more about his practice, please click here.

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