Honiton Town Council faces legal costs of more than £29,000

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 September 2017

Honiton Town Council meets at The Beehive.

Honiton Town Council meets at The Beehive.

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Honiton Town Council has issued a statement detailing the costs of a Judicial Review to hear an action taken by Cllr. John Taylor against it.

The case, last December, centred on his compliance with the Honiton Town Council Code of Conduct.

In making a judgement as to costs Mr Justice Edis ruled that: “The defendant will pay the claimant’s costs of the proceedings on the standard basis to be assessed if not agreed in so far as those costs were incurred up to and including 19th March 2016.

”The claimant will pay the defendant’s costs of the proceedings on the standard basis to be assessed if not agreed in so far as those costs were incurred on or after 20th March 2016

“Following a review of costs Honiton Town Council’s total legal fees amounted to £64,245.14 excluding VAT.

“Negotiations with the claimant’s representatives in order to give effect to the costs’ judgement resulted in a payment of £35,000 from the claimant.

“The councils’ final net costs in the case were therefore £29,245.14.”

The Judgement can be viewed at

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2016/3307.html

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