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CPRE Kent (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Respondent)

Case ID: UKSC 2019/0174

Case summary


Whether a claimant in statutory and judicial review cases who is unsuccessful at the permission stage should be liable for the costs of multiple other parties, including respondents and interested parties.


The Appellant applied for judicial review against the Respondents and Interested Party. Permission for judicial review was refused. The judge held this was a claim to which the cap on costs under the Aarhus Convention applied. She ordered that the Appellant pay both Respondents’ and the Interested Party’s costs up to that cap, totalling £10,000. The Appellant challenges this order.

Judgment appealed

[2019] EWCA Civ 1230





Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government



Lord Reed, Lord Hodge, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Leggatt, Lord Burrows

Hearing start date

28 January 2021

Hearing finish date

28 January 2021

Watch hearing
28 Jan 2021 Morning session Afternoon Session

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