Legal costs



Supreme Court: Test for security for costs refined as Quinn Insurance ordered to cover €30m legal bill

The Supreme Court has ordered Quinn Insurance Limited to provide security for costs to PricewaterhouseCoopers, whose legal bill stands at €30 million in the long-running dispute. In reaching this decision, the court reiterated the proper approach to security for costs (SFC) applications and outlined a new limb to the legal test.

Published 24 March 2021

High Court: Security for costs granted against 'impecunious plaintiff' as judge heavily criticises legal costs in Ireland

The High Court has granted an application for security for costs against an impecunious company suing for €228,000. The company was ordered to pay 80 percent of the defendant’s costs, which were estimated at €231,000.

Published 2 March 2021

High Court: Costs may be awarded against a regulator in professional disciplinary proceedings

The High Court has held that the general “costs follow the event” rule applies in regulatory disciplinary matters which come before the courts.

Published 6 January 2021

High Court: Ryanair ordered to pay costs of unsuccessful coronavirus challenge

The High Court has ordered that Ryanair must pay the State’s fees in its unsuccessful challenge of the legality of the Government of Ireland’s coronavirus travel advice.

Published 5 January 2021

Court of Appeal: Costs order against State overturned in case brought by murder victim's family

The Court of Appeal, in a judgment delivered by its president, Mr Justice George Birmingham, has allowed the State’s appeal challenging an order that it pay half the legal costs of a murder victim’s family.

Published 19 November 2020

Barry Magee joins Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicator

Dublin solicitor Barry Magee has been appointed as a legal costs adjudicator.

Published 18 November 2020

Report recommends fee guidelines to bring down cost of litigation

The cost of litigation in Ireland should be brought down by fee guidelines, the civil justice review group chaired by former High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly has reportedly recommended.

Published 6 November 2020

Legal costs in motor insurance claims up to €112m

Legal costs in motor insurance claims rose slightly to €112 million in 2018, according to new figures from the Central Bank of Ireland.

Published 3 March 2020

High Court: Application for costs on 'solicitor and client' basis refused

A group of companies seeking costs on the “solicitor and client” basis have had their application refused in the High Court.

Published 22 January 2020