In the recently published post Waterfront Law – The IPEC Guide, we highlighted the “costs cap” as a feature of IPEC that is of real benefit to litigants.
This is because a party can be confident that, should it lose in IPEC on liability (i.e. usually the decision on whether there has been infringement), there is a maximum amount it will usually be ordered to pay towards the other side’s legal costs. That amount is currently £50,000.
On 1 October 2022, the costs cap will increase to £60,000.
In IPEC, the overall costs cap is broken down by stages of the litigation. There is a limit on how much a winning party can recover in respect of the amount spent on specific stages of the litigation (e.g. drafting its Defence).
These limits will also increase on 1 October 2022 as set out below:
As a final point, the courts have held that where a Claimant obtains a result in litigation that at least equals a “Part 36” settlement offer it has made to the Defendant(s), the costs cap regime technically falls away, but that in practice the court will usually proceed as if a 25% uplift has been applied to both the overall costs cap and each of the stage caps detailed above. Therefore, in those very specific circumstances, from 1 October 2022 a winning Claimant could recover costs of up to £75,000.
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