The threat of legal costs in environmental litigation

A quick addendum at the end.

The Law is my Oyster

Disclaimer: This has been written from my bed whilst on sick leave, so please be patient!

legal costs

The phrase ‘legal costs’ makes everybody nervous, even lawyers, who often find them difficult to explain to their clients, especially when the client ‘wins’ and must still pay a lot of money for their day in court. Of course the loser is worse off, because he not only has to pay his own lawyers, but he must pay the legal costs of the other side as well.

That is the general rule: the loser pays all the legal costs. This is known as the “costs follow the event” rule. There are some exceptions to the rule, and I will not discuss those here, but that is what they are – exceptions – the rule stands firm.

This is especially so in Ireland, unlike other countries which have developed special rules in public interest cases…

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from full-time practice in 2002 to take up a lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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