Interest paid on costs in immigration cases

Colin Yeo made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

Where the Home Office is ordered by a court to pay the legal costs of a claimant who brought a case against the Home Office, interest is usually added to such payments at a rate of 8%. I would like to know how much interest was paid by the Home Office on legal costs following costs orders requiring the Home Office to pay the legal costs of claimants for the last financial year for which information is available.

I am particularly interested in the interest paid on costs in immigration cases but if that data is not separately available then please make available the final figure for all costs orders against the Home Office.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Yeo

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Robert Simpson left an annotation ()

I am curious. What is the point in time from which the 8% interest starts accumulating?

From when Home Office misses a scheduled payment? Or from when the harm done by a Home Office decision is considered to have happened?

Colin Yeo left an annotation ()

Hi Robert. Interest runs from the date of court judgment against the paying party. For private individuals and companies who are keen to avoid needless expenditure who have lost a legal action this provides a major incentive to settle legal costs issues as quickly as possible.

Amit Hidri left an annotation ()

Does one need to specifically need to request interest in a claim form, or is it standard to issue it?

Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

This is what's stated on Advice Guide:

You must put your claim for statutory interest into the details of the claim. It's important you use the following wording:

"The claimant claims interest under Section 69 of the County Courts Act 1984 at the rate of 8 per cent a year from [put in the date when the money became owed to you] to [put in the date when you issue your claim form] of £ [put in the daily rate of interest multiplied by the number of days that have passed since the money became owed to you]. And also interest at the same rate up to the date of judgment or earlier payment at a daily rate of £ [put in the daily amount of interest]."

How this affects a compensation claim, I'm not sure? At what point does money claim for compensation become owed? What wording would you add in such cases?...

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Dear Mr Yeo,


Please find attached the Home Office response to your request.


Kind Regards


M Seedansingh


Information Access Team


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