Kellett v RCL Cruises

CourtCourt of Appeal (Ireland)
JudgeNoonan J.,Haughton J.,Collins J.
Judgment Date21 October 2019
Neutral Citation[2020] IECA 287
Date21 October 2019

[2020] IECA 287

Noonan J.

Haughton J.

Collins J.


COSTS RULING of the Court delivered on the 21st day of October, 2020

By order of this court made on the 21st May, 2020, the court dismissed the appellant's appeal. Three judgments were delivered by the court which unanimously determined that the appeal should be dismissed, though differing views were expressed in those judgments as to the legal principles to be applied in claims of this nature. Having regard to the outcome, the starting point therefore must be that the respondents are entitled to the costs of the appeal whether under the old dispensation that costs follow the event or under the new statutory regime under s. 169 of the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015 that they have been entirely successful in these proceedings.


The court is invited by the appellant to depart from the normal rule on the basis that the net effect of the judgments delivered is to decide points of exceptional public importance and for the other reasons advanced in the appellant's written submissions. The court expresses no view as to whether it can properly be said that any point of exceptional public importance has been decided, particularly in relation to the standard by which the test of reasonable skill and care is to be judged in cases of this nature. Even were that so, it was not determinative of the appeal, as each member of the court considered that the appellant had failed to establish a breach of any relevant standard.


The court is further satisfied that it cannot be said that the appellant succeeded on any discrete issue such as would engage the principles discussed in Veolia Water UK plc v. Fingal County Council (No. 2) [2007] 2 IR 81 as considered by this court in Chubb European Group SE v. The Health Insurance Authority [2020] IECA 183. In the latter case, Murray J., giving the sole judgment with which the other members of the court agreed, explained (at para. 10) that the default position is that the successful party is entitled to its costs even where it has not prevailed on every issue in the case or succeeded in every argument it has advanced. The court explained that where the successful party has not prevailed on an identifiable issue which has...

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  • M.S. (Afghanistan) v The Minister for Justice and Equality
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 16 March 2021
    ...8th July, 2020), at paras. 7 and 8, but that was because there was no argument on the point (see also Kellett v. RCL Cruises Ltd. [2020] IECA 287 (Unreported, Court of Appeal, 21st October, 2020)). However, here there has been some argument on the issue, and, in particular (with the caveat ......
  • John Ward v an Post
    • Ireland
    • High Court
    • 7 July 2021
    ...also had regard to the guidance offered by relevant authorities, including the Court of Appeal's decisions in Kellett v. ICL Cruises [2020] IECA 287; in Harrison v. Charleton [2020] IECA 197 and in Higgins v. Irish Aviation Authority [2020] IECA 277, in addition to the Supreme Court's decis......

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