When Can a Wasted Costs Order be Made

Wasted Costs Order

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Course Overview

This introductory webinar discusses when wasted costs orders can be made in civil proceedings, by reference to the leading authority of Ridehalgh v Horsefield & Anor [1994] EWCA Civ 40.

During this session, barrister Ben Amunwa will assist viewers:

·         Understand which kinds of conduct that may result in a wasted costs order

·         Learn the 3-stage test that all Judges should follow when an application for an order is made

·         Identify the key principles at play when a Judge is considering whether to make a wasted costs order in civil proceedings

·         Become familiar with the definitions of “improper, unreasonable and negligent” conduct

·         Understand the distinctions and overlap between the different categories of conduct

·         Identify how these principles affect solicitors and barristers in different ways

·         Appreciate how legal professional privilege may be relevant on an application for an order

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the reference notes and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Have received a summary of the key principles in the leading authority on wasted costs
  • • Understand how to apply the 3-stage test set out in Ridehalgh
  • • Appreciate at what stage in the proceedings it may be appropriate to threaten and/or to apply for a wasted costs order

What is the target audience?

  • Civil and public law practitioners


About Instructor - Ben Amunwa

Called to the Bar in 2013, Ben enjoys a thriving practice in commercial, civil and public law. He also loves to train lawyers and non-lawyers in a variety of areas of law, putting to work his creative and presentation skills.

Ben runs a popular legal blog, called www.lawmostly.com, which aims to make the law accessible to a wider audience.

His advocacy is praised by Judges, opponents and clients. A member of 36 Civil, Ben is known for his exceptional client care and attention to detail in complex and urgent cases. Ben provides practical, cost-effective and punctual advice to a range of clients, including local authorities, professionals, businesses and individuals.

Before coming to the Bar, Ben spent over a decade in the charity sector supporting individuals in crisis. His experience of management and media enables him to perform calmly under pressure. Clients value his accessible manner and his ability to explain difficult areas of law.

Achievements include:

- representing a senior doctor in a race discrimination and harassment claim against an NHS Trust;

- securing a favourable settlement at mediation for a private client in a dispute over the construction of a multi-million pound house;

- successfully defending a teacher who faced regulatory prosecution for alleged professional misconduct over a period of 3 years;

- co-counsel in R (Medical Justice and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2016). As featured in The Guardian, the case challenged the government’s reliance on a restrictive definition of torture to justify immigration detention.

- successfully defending a local authority in a judicial review concerning duties to children in need - R (SC) v London Borough of Ealing [2016] EWHC 2765 (Admin) and representing in Court of Appeal proceedings.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Notes
    4 Page
  • Evaluation
    1 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60