Hull and Holderness Magistrates' Court v Darroch and another

Costs – Third party. The applicants' convictions for summary offences, pursuant to s 297 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, were quashed and they sought a third party costs order against the second interested party, the Football Association Premier League (FAPL). The Divisional Court, in dismissing the application, held that the there was nothing exceptional about the case and it should remain subject to the criminal costs regime. Although FAPL stood to benefit financially from a successful prosecution, a broader consideration did not suggest that a third party costs order would be just in all the circumstances.

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