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we did not have a solicitor but incurred about £3800 in costs for things such as travel,printing,days off work,etc and we thought that the way the council have treated us that they should compensate us.
it was at the reading county courts
You can't now sue for any costs I am sorry.
This is because at the end of a civil hearing a Judge deals with costs.
If you did not ask for costs or all the costs were not awarded you can not do anything about that.
A lawyer should ask for costs associated at the end of the hearing and is required to serve a costs schedule at least 24 hours before the hearing.
If you did not have a lawyer then you should have asked for costs at the end of the hearing
If you did not then sadly the opportunity may be lost now.
If not much time has elapsed it is may be possible to apply to the Court varying the original order and asking for your costs.
But usually costs are dealt with at the end of a hearing.
If you were to make an application it would be on form N244
But normally once the case ends costs are dealt with. If not then each party bears his own costs
I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Thank you ,you have been a great help.