Chorley abolished

The High Court has abolished the much-maligned so-called Chorley exception. Solicitors are no longer entitled to recover costs in respect of their time spent on their own litigation: Bell Lawyers Pty Ltd v Pentelow [2019] HCA 29. Background The law with respect to the power to award costs, as generally understood until Pentelow, was as …

Advocates’ immunity: intimate connection and finality

Yesterday, on 4 May 2016, the High Court delivered a judgment that should be of great interest to every lawyer working in litigation: Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers Pty Ltd [2016] HCA 16. Background Lawyers acting in litigation enjoy a number of privileges in their work. One of them is the right to make allegations …