This is one to watch for a possible appeal according to a commentary and update by Gordon Exall of Kings Chambers. Ben Williams QC acted for the Claimant. Of relevance to credit hire matters where reference to Diriye v Bojaj and Quicksure  EWCA Civ 1400 and the issue of impecuniosity as they related to funding arrangements.
The article appears in Civil Litigation Brief:
”I am grateful to Paul Wainwright for sending me a copy of the judgment of District Judge Baldwin in Godfrey -v- Automotive Products Limited (17th December 2020). This decision, by the regional costs judge, considers whether a claimant in a personal injury case can recover interest on a loan taken out to fund litigation disbursements. A copy of the decision is available here.
The claimant had settled a personal injury case against the defendant. There was an issue in relation to assessment of costs in relation to whether the claimant could properly claim the costs of interest he had paid on a loan to fund disbursements.
THE DISTRICT JUDGE’S DECISION
The judge found that he had the power to award interest, however any discretion would not be exercised in the current case.