The general rule in Ireland regarding costs is that ‘the costs follow the event.’ Essentially this means that, in addition to the damages payment that they are awarded by a court, claimants are entitled to recover a reasonable amount towards the legal costs incurred by them in securing the court judgment in their favour.
Not surprisingly, the amount of legal costs to which a successful claimant is entitled is regularly the subject of argument between the claimant’s and the defendant’s legal teams. If the legal costs cannot be agreed upon between the parties the amounts being sought are submitted to a legal process known as “taxation” in which a court official rules upon how much is allowed for each item of expenditure claimed.
Depending on the terms of the agreement entered into between the solicitor and the client, the solicitor may be willing to accept these “taxed” costs in full for all work done by them or they may seek to recover an additional payment out of the claimant’s damages award.
See the Law Society of Ireland’s website for further information.