*Premier Motorauctions Ltd (in liquidation) and another v Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP and another

Costs – Security for costs. The Chancery Division, in dismissing the defendants' application for security of costs in respect of proceedings brought by the claimant insolvent companies, held that where there was an ATE policy in place, the question, under CPR 25.13, was simply whether there was reason to believe that the insurer would not pay under the policy when called upon to do so. In the present case, the claimants had obtained ATE insurance policies and the defendants had failed to satisfy the court that there was reason to believe that they would be unable to pay the defendants' costs already incurred and of the initial stages of the proceedings if ordered to do so. Accordingly, the jurisdictional threshold under CPR 25.13 had not been crossed.

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