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James E. Petts sets out some key considerations for local authorities looking to recover their costs.

I have been asked to distil some of the salient points in a seminar that I gave to members of the London Borough Legal Alliance recently, entitled, “Recovering costs – all you need to know” into an article of no more than 1,500 words (which limit I have somewhat exceeded). The handout for that seminar was 5,480 words long, so it is advisedly that this brief article’s title does not include the phrase, “all you need to know”; but nonetheless, it ought to be a useful summary of the more important topics for those who were unable to attend or who wanted more information on certain aspects of what was discussed, although, of necessity, some topics and sub-topics have been omitted.

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