Recent Cases

Martinez as trustee for Martinez HWL Practice Trust as representative of the partners trading as HWL Ebsworth Lawyers v Griffiths as trustee for the Griffiths HWL Practice Trust (No 2) [2020] NSWCA 42 (17 March 2020) (Bell ACJ; Meagher JA; Barrett AJA)


COSTS – appeals – offers of compromise – where respondent (plaintiff) achieved a result on appeal no less favourable than his rejected offer of compromise – where application of UCPR r 42.14 as modified by r 51.48(1) engaged – where appellant’s rejection of offer unreasonable – where respondent’s “favourable” judgment, measured by reference to that offer, also represented a successful outcome to appellant (defendant) in the appeal – discretion to “order otherwise” in relation to costs of appeal, both before and after making of offer