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Costs must be reasonable and proportionate

Costs must be reasonable and proportionate

By Anna Sango

Courts Judgment Wills 


The case of Robinson & Anor v Jones & Anor is a reminder that non-compliance with the parties’ overarching obligation to ensure costs are reasonable can result in adverse costs orders being made against solicitors. In the conduct of civil litigation, the parties have an overarching obligation to ensure that costs are reasonable and proportionate.1 In the recent Victorian Supreme Court case of Robinson & Anor v Jones & Anor, a proceeding in relation to a deceased’s estate, the amount of the plaintiffs’ costs sought to be recovered from the estate was greatly reduced by the trial judge as not being reasonable and proportionate to the issues in dispute.

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