Hegglin v Person(s) Unknown and another

Costs – Order for costs. The claimant alleged that he was the victim of a campaign of abuse and vilification by the first defendant, who had not yet been identified in the proceedings. The second defendant operated the most widely used search engine in the world and searches made on the claimant's name produced, prominently, results which led to websites where the lies about which he complained were available to be read. A trial was scheduled and the second defendant expected its costs to be in the region of £1.68m by the end of the trial, which sum will have been spent in only five months. That was approximately £1m more than the Claimant expected to incur over the same period. The claimant applied for a costs capping order or a costs management order. The Queen's Bench held that a costs management order would be the more appropriate.

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