Verma v (1) Harrogate & District NHS Trust (2) Mockford - Award of counsel's costs but not solicitor's costs was perverse  EAT
Dr Verma lodged various claims against the Trust in Leeds Employment Tribunal. Initially the Trust sought to strike out his claims: it failed at a Pre-Hearing Review and the Employment Judge ordered costs against the Trust in Dr Verma's favour. Dr Verma was represented by Counsel at the PHR, and the Judge restricted the costs awarded to Counsel's brief fee. The Trust did not appeal that decision, but Dr Verma did. He argued that the costs order, allowing counsel’s fee but disallowing his solicitors’ costs incurred in connection with the PHR and preparation for it, was legally perverse.