After a business dispute who pays the legal costs?

If the claim is worth less than £10,000 the normal rule is that you will pay your own legal costs whether you win or lose. If it is worth over £10,000 then the normal rule is that the loser will be ordered to pay the winner's costs. These are only general rules and the Judge can depart from them if he /she thinks it is just to do so, so the outcome cannot be guaranteed. The loser is normally only ordered to pay 'assessed costs' which means the winner might receive less than they have paid their own lawyer, and the order is only of any use if the loser has the resources to pay. There are ways of making it more likely that you will get indemnity costs (that is all of your costs) if you win by making offers to settle or to mediate, but we will discuss these with you. You will be responsible for paying our fees whether or not you recover anything from the other side.

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