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Are costs for collecting evidence and settlement discussions with counsel considered party and party costs?

In Meer v Taxing Master and Another 1967 (4) SA 652 (D), the court, in reviewing a taxation, had to assess whether the taxing master was correct in disallowing certain items in the bill of costs. The specific items include costs in respect of instructing claims investigators before the issue of summons, to investigate the …

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Default judgment principles and their applicability to the setting aside of a Taxing Master’s allocatur

In Barnard v Taxing Master of the High Court of SA (TPD) and others [2005] 2 All SA 485 (T), the applicant brought an application in terms of Rule 53 of the Uniform Rules of Court wherein he sought an order that the taxing master furnish reasons as to why his findings on taxation should …

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