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F (A Child) v Allott, Bradford County Court

11 March 2002
The issues

Child Settlement Approval Hearings.

The facts

A personal injury claim involving injuries to a child after a road traffic accident was settled. Before the Approval Hearing, Defendant’s Solicitors wrote to Claimant’s Solicitors asking them to ensure that the child agreed with the medical evidence that was to be presented to the Judge. At the Hearing, the child gave evidence which was inconsistent with the report.

The decision

The terms of the letter were clear. The Claimant was ordered to pay wasted costs to be deducted from damages. (The report appears to assume that there was a consequent adjournment of the Hearing and nothing in the report indicates why the Order was made against the child and not the Solicitors).

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