The State Claims Agency has established a Legal Costs Unit primarily to deal with third-party costs claims arising from the tribunals of inquiry into certain planning matters and Payment to Politicians and Related Matters otherwise known as the Mahon and Moriarty Tribunals respectively. It is recognised that third-party costs represent the major portion of costs of tribunals. These costs are awarded by the tribunals and their amounts are determined in retrospect. The Legal Costs Unit provides specialist advice in this area and will assess and/or challenge third-party costs claims.
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