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United Building & Plumbing Contractors v Malkit Singh Kajla, Court of Appeal

8 May 2002
The issues

Costs – Litigant In Person – Assistance By Non Qualified Person

The facts

This was a building dispute. The Claimant and Defendant acted in person. The Claimant was assisted by W who was non-legally qualified. At the end of the case the Claimant who won asked for costs for W. The Judge made an Order for £3,000.00. The Defendant appealed.

The decision

The Judge had no jurisdiction towards costs in respect of W’s work. See CPR 48.6. The phrase “legal services” referred to in CPR part 48.6(3)(b) referred to legal services provided by or supervised by a lawyer. Appeal allowed in part.

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