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Hugh Grant's claim derailed by Part 36 Offer

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Actor Hugh Grant stated on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he had settled his claim against The Sun after receiving a Part 36 Offer.

Mr Grant said that he has abandoned his hopes of a phone hacking trial against The Sun due to the risks created by a Part 36 Offer.

When an Offer is made under Part 36 of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), it creates certain potential cost consequences for the offeree. Amongst other potential consequences, if a matter proceeds to trial, after a Part 36 Offer has been made, and the amount the judge awards the offeree is lower than the Part 36 Offer, then the offeree will be responsible for a significant proportion of the offeror’s legal costs.

Hugh Grant said he was advised by his lawyers that it was likely that he would need to pay approximately £10million in legal costs, if a judge awarded him less than the Part 36 Offer amount at trial. Mr Grant stated “I’m afraid I am shying at that fence.” and ultimately accepted The Sun’s offer.

If you are currently engaged in litigation and need advice on Part 36 Offers, then please contact one of our commercial dispute resolution solicitors on 0121 355 0011.