A number of issues were resolved at the preliminary hearing, The Bodo Community & Ors v Shell Petroleum Development of Nigeria Ltd  EWHC 1973 (TCC).
This interlocutory hearing was to determine who was liable for the cost of that hearing. It was decided that 10% of the costs of that hearing should be costs of the case because the Court, of its own motion, declined to answer one of the questions and deferred it to the main trial. Of the remaining costs, the claimants were to pay 75% of Shell’s costs and all of its own costs.
Richard Hermer QC was involved in this case.