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The State Claims Agency manages third-party legal cost claims on behalf of State authorities, however so incurred, as delegated to us by Government.

Our role

Our statutory legal costs management mandate is to manage claims for legal costs in such manner as to ensure that the liability of the State authorities is contained at the lowest achievable level. We manage and resolve all categories of third-party legal costs claims, whether they arise in the course of our claims resolution work or separately. We also provide legal costs advice to State authorities on third-party legal cost claims.

Our approach

Our legal costs management service is delivered through our experienced team of legal cost accountants. Our approach to resolving legal costs claims is to carefully examine claims received and, wherever possible, negotiate to achieve the maximum possible reduction in legal costs to be paid by the State.

If we cannot successfully agree the level of legal costs to be paid to claimants’ legal representatives, the matter is determined by the Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicator, subject to a right of appeal to the High Court.

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