First National Trustco (UK) Ltd and another company v Page and others

Costs – Case management. The defendants' application for relief from sanctions pursuant to CPR 3.9(1) for a failure to file their costs budget was rejected. The Chancery Division held that the defendants' failure to comply with directions was serious and significant, had been caused by the solicitor's misunderstanding of the effect of court documents which was not a good enough reason for the breach, and thus considering all the circumstances of the case, relief from sanctions ought not be granted.

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