CPR 44.2 And The Courts’ Discretion As To Costs

“In my judgment the term “parties” is more likely than not to refer, when reading CPR 44 as a whole, to the parties between whom there is a dispute. There was no dispute between the First, Second and Fifth Respondents in this case…  As regards discretion, if there is a discretion to exercise, contrary to my finding above, the First Respondent claims it would be “grossly” unfair not to be able to recover the costs of preparing and attending court where the First Respondent was neutral as to the outcome. It is true that the First Respondent was neutral. There was no dispute between him and the other Respondents. In these circumstances, my judgment, it would be unfair to visit the First Respondent’s costs of attending court on these Respondents.”