KMT & Ors (Children) v Kent County Council  EWHC 2088 (QB)
This was a complex matter which involved 4 young sisters who brought a claim against their local county council for failing to protect them against abuse suffered at home.
Settlement was achieved at a round table meeting prior to trial.
There were 3 grounds of appeal, the first being the hourly rates allowed, the second being the level of uplift applied and the third related to the broad brush approach and calculations made by the costs master on work on documents.
1) It was held that the instruction of central London Solicitors was not unreasonable in this instance and the hourly rates of £335 for Grade A, £255 for Grade B, £180 for Grade C and £120 for Grade D were allowed. The rate of £130 was also allowed for the Costs Draftsman.
2) It was held that that the 50% uplift was correct.
3) It was held that the calculations made and broad brush approach taken by costs master was correct and had been agreed at the detailed assessment by both parties.