In a judgment handed down this morning, Smith DCJ capped both parties’ costs at $80K.  In doing so he said “it should not be seen that this case is a precedent for the quantum of costs in such a dispute.  It will be borne in mind that this case did involve a detailed examination into the partnership affairs of the parties and others over a period of time.  In a straight forward family provision application I would have thought costs would be less.”

Read the case here