UKIP Ordered to pay £175,000 on account of costs

Following on from his decision in Barron v Collins and UKIP [2018] EWHC 253 (QB), Warby J has ordered that UKIP pay £125,000 on account of the costs of the underlying libel action and £50,000 on account of the application that it be made liable for those costs. The Judge left open whether the additional liabilities of CFA success fees and ATE insurance premiums in the application were recoverable. UKIP argued that as no claim for libel was made against it, the application, although technically made in the same proceedings was not properly within the term “publication proceedings” and hence additional liabilities were not recoverable. This issue will be resolved in any detailed assessment that is necessary.

William McCormick QC, instructed by Gerald Shamash of Steel & Shamash, represented the Claimants.


20th March 2018