The Law of Costs in Ireland traces the origins and rationales for the costs follow the event (loser pays) rule from the Statute of Gloucester in the 13th century through to the Supreme Court of Judicature Acts and up to the Legal Services Regulations Act, 2015 and the Mediation Act, 2017. This book is infused with comparative study based on functional equivalence. It considers not only the loser pays rule but also the American (“user pays”) rule which is starting to gain traction in Ireland. The Law of Cost in Ireland examines the ubiquitous expansion of the multitude of exceptions which often have no apparent synoptic connectivity. It considers legislative and jurisprudential developments in England, Wales, Australia, Canada and other jurisdictions, which follow the Supreme Court of Judicature architecture. The notion of access to justice (being Open to All – Like the Ritz Hotel) pervades the book. There is frequent referencing of Commission reports from Ireland, Australia, Canada, and England and Wales. This work provides a repository of knowledge on the Law of Costs as it draws from different streams while paying homage to the punctilious and pernickety rules which have endured over the centuries. This book is original and unique and it has the distinction of being the sole text on the subject in this jurisdiction, with in excess of 1,700 footnotes diffused over more than 330 pages of primary text. The Law of Costs in Ireland makes an original contribution to legal knowledge in Ireland.
Dr Jevon Alcock has practised as a solicitor in the service of the State since 2002.
Foreword by The Hon. (Dr) Justice Michael Twomey, The High Court