AB & Ors v British Coal Corporation - interest on costs overpayments - High Court (QBD) 13.8.07

Pursuant to a court order, as part of the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation, DBERR paid monies on account of costs to claimants' solicitors. There was overpayment of £74 million, and agreements were reached on how this would be repaid. However, a dispute arose as to whether interest was due on the overpayments.


The High Court held that the court order, and the agreement to pay costs which was
reached as a result, amounted to compulsion or a threat of compulsion. Therefore the laws

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