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FAMILY LAW – INTER PARTES COSTS AWARDED BUT SLASHED ON SUMMARY ASSESSMENT – K v K [2016] EWHC 2002(F

FAMILY LAW – COSTS AWARDED BUT SLASHED ON SUMMARY ASSESSMENT A recent decision of the High Court Family Division serves to demonstrate very clearly that the Courts will apply stringent tests on proportionality if costs between the parties are awarded. In K v K [2016] EWHC 2002(Fam), MacDonald J summed up his approach as follows: “The stringent test of proportionality in relation to costs incurred applies with equal force in family proceedings. It is remarkable that such a significant sum of money has been spent by these two parents arguing over a single question the answer to which was indisputable from the outset. The costs incurred in this case were disproportionate to the single issue at

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