This was an appeal by the claimant against a costs order made by the first instance judge following a successful appeal in respect of the sum of money awarded to him as damages. The judge had awarded the claimant £81,182 plus interest on a total claim for over £4.3m, but on appeal this award had been increased to £169,973.48. The Court of Appeal's award thus bettered a payment into court by the defendant of £120,000 in 1994 but fell well short of a total payment into court in 2001 of around £750,000.
The defendants argued that the interest claimed as damages that continued to accrue after their 2001 payment in should not be recoverable on the basis that had the claimant accepted the payment in, he would have been better off than he was when judgment was eventually given, and therefore the further interest that accrued between 2001 and 2004 was not damage caused by the defendants.