On 14 October 2011, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) handed down its judgment on two costs applications, made by Eden Brown and Hays, in respect of successful appeals against the construction recruitment agencies cartel decision. The applicants sought a court order requiring the Office of Fair Trading to pay the majority of each applicant´s costs for the appeals. The CAT concluded that Eden Brown should be awarded 80% of its costs, whereas Hays was awarded only 65% on the basis that it could not recover its costs of employing second leading counsel and an expert accountant. Read more.