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Inside the State Claims Agency: The Legal Costs Unit

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In photo from left to right: David Dunning (Senior Legal Costs Accountant, SCA), Anna Giles (Trainee Legal Costs Accountant, SCA), Ciarán Breen (Director, SCA), Evelyn Higgins (Adminstrator, SCA), David Mack (Head of Legal Costs). Absent from photo: Marie Hutton (Senior Costs Solicitor, SCA).

In photo from left to right: David Dunning (Senior Legal Costs Accountant, SCA), Anna Giles (Trainee Legal Costs Accountant, SCA), Ciarán Breen (Director, SCA), Evelyn Higgins (Adminstrator, SCA), David Mack (Head of Legal Costs). Absent from photo: Marie Hutton (Senior Costs Solicitor, SCA).

Established in February 2013 and with a current headcount of five staff, the Legal Costs Unit continues to manage third party costs claims arising from the Mahon, Moriarty and Smithwick Tribunals of Inquiry. These costs form the main heading of expenditure for each of the tribunals. They are awarded by the Tribunal and agreed or adjudicated upon in retrospect. Approximately 450 third party costs orders have been made in total and half of these claims have now been resolved and discharged with substantial savings effected in the order of 50%.

The NTMA Amendment Act 2014 provided a legislative framework expanding the Unit’s remit to manage third party costs claims against State entities generally and delegation orders have been completed by a wide and diverse section of Governmental Authorities and Agencies, with 74 falling under the remit of the Legal Costs Unit. To view the Act, please visit stateclaims.ie/about-us/legislation/

Article by: David Mack, Head of Legal Costs, State Claims Agency