I am afraid that the general rule is that if you go to court or tribunal (but not the employment tribunal) and you lose (claimant or defendant/applicant or respondent) then you have to pay the witness costs and as you may have found out, lawyers will milk it for costs. It’s how they make their money-leeches.
You can of course appeal the costs would have been awarded although depending on the amount, they may actually be reasonable. What is reasonable in your eyes and the eyes of the public and what is reasonable in court 2 different things altogether. Please do bearing mind that if you appeal the costs order and you are not successful, you will end with more costs on top of the initial costs.
I’m afraid that it can be a rollercoaster.
If you are asking for time to pay the costs, then you should have done so in court at the time otherwise it means a further application back to court to be allowed time. If there is no mention of when the costs are to be paid, then they are payable immediately .
You the other side can agree a repayment schedule but if they won’t agree, you need to keep paying what you have agreed to pay and meanwhile, make an application to court to have the amount varied.
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