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Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd (No 22)[2019] QLC 47

Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd (No 22)[2019] QLC 47

LAND COURT OF QUEENSLAND

CITATION:

Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 22) [2019] QLC 47

PARTIES:

Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd

(ACN 063 763 002)

(applicant)

v

BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd

(ACN 098 876 825)

QCT Resources Pty Ltd

(ACN 010 808 705)

BHP Coal Pty Ltd

(ACN 010 595 721)

QCT Mining Pty Ltd

(ACN 010 487 840)

Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd

(ACN 009 779 873)

QCT Investment Pty Ltd

(ACN 010 487 831)

Umal Consolidated Pty Ltd

(ACN 000 767 386)

(respondents)

FILE NO:

MRA1332-08

DIVISION:

General division

PROCEEDING:

Application for costs

DELIVERED ON:

12 December 2019

DELIVERED AT:

Brisbane

HEARD ON:

Submissions closed 22 November 2019

HEARD AT:

Heard on the papers

PRESIDENT:

FY Kingham

ORDERS:

  1. The respondent must pay the applicants’ costs of the application filed on 11 October 2019, as assessed against the Supreme Court scale, if not agreed.

CATCHWORDS:

PROCEDURE – CIVIL PROCEEDINGS IN STATE AND TERRITORY COURTS – COSTS – where the parties disagree as to costs of an application for leave, where the Court found that leave was not required – where the Court found that costs should follow the event 

Land Court Act 2000 s 34

Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 r 378

Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 8) [2017] QLC 7, cited

Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 9) [2017] QLC 12, followed

Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 21) [2019] QLC 41, cited

APPEARANCES:

Not applicable

  1. [1]
    The parties do not agree about costs orders on the application by the respondents (BMA) for leave, if required, to amend their defence. On 8 November 2019, I published reasons for finding BMA did not require leave, but that, if leave were required, I would grant it.[1]
  1. [2]
    The Court has discretion to order costs in a proceeding, as it considers appropriate. If the Court makes no other order, each party must bear their own costs.[2]
  1. [3]
    The Court’s discretion to order costs is unfettered “except to the extent it is confined by the subject matter and the scope and purpose of the legislation.”[3] The Court has recognised and applied the general rule that costs follow the event in cases involving commercial disputes such as this one.[4]
  1. [4]
    BMA seeks an order that Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd pay its costs, because it was entirely successful in its application.
  1. [5]
    Cherwell Creek seeks an order that the costs of the application be costs in the proceeding, because BMA sought the indulgence of the Court and Cherwell Creek’s resistance to the application was reasonable.
  1. [6]
    The effect of making that order would be that the successful party in the proceedings would have their costs of this application. I am not satisfied that is a fair and just order.
  1. [7]
    BMA succeeded on its primary case that leave was not required. That outcome is consistent with a finding I made in an earlier interlocutory decision,[5] that the directions that then applied to this case had not ousted the operation of r 378 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999. In my recent decision, I found the circumstances were not materially different from the earlier application.[6]
  1. [8]
    As the directions stood at the time of this application,[7] it was open to BMA to file and serve the amended pleading without leave. It should have its costs of the application.

FY KINGHAM

PRESIDENT OF THE LAND COURT

Footnotes

[1]Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 21) [2019] QLC 41.

[2]Land Court Act 2000 s 34(2).

[3]Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 9) [2017] QLC 12, [2].

[4] Ibid [2]-[6].

[5]Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 8) [2017] QLC 7.

[6]Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 21) [2019] QLC 41, [4].

[7]On 15 November 2019, after consultation with the parties, I made orders that will prevent the parties filing any further amended pleadings, except to the extent provided in those directions, or with the leave of the Court.

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Editorial Notes

  • Published Case Name:

    Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd & Ors (No 22)

  • Shortened Case Name:

    Cherwell Creek Coal Pty Ltd v BHP Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd (No 22)

  • MNC:

    [2019] QLC 47

  • Court:

    QLC

  • Judge(s):

    Kingham P

  • Date:

    12 Dec 2019

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