In what circumstances were you able to obtain a pro bono cost order? Whilst representing a nurse in a statutory appeal in the High Court against a fitness to practise decision by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The nurse was suspended from the register so was unable to work and had no money to pay a lawyer (Warren v Nursing and Midwifery Council).
How did you hear about pro bono cost orders? “I received instructions via the Bar Pro Bono Unit and, having taken on cases via the Unit before, was aware that counsel are encouraged to seek pro bono costs orders where appropriate.”
How easy was the process? “I read the quick guide prepared by the Access to Justice Foundation, included a request for a pro bono costs order in my skeleton argument and filed a statement of costs prior to the hearing setting out my likely brief fee if the case had been privately paid. When we were successful my opponent accepted that costs should follow the event and the Judge made the order I sought. The process was no more complex than seeking costs in any other case and I’m glad to know the money went to a very worthwhile cause.”
How much money did you raise from the pro bono cost order? £2,350
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