Following a successful claim for damages on behalf of a child for Human Right breaches, the Judge went a step further to ensure the child received the benefit of that award. 

All publicly funded parties are at risk of the statutory charge if they receive any financial award. The statutory charge means that the Legal Aid Agency can re-coup some/all of the costs that they have provided the publicly funded party. 

The Judge in this case made a costs order against the Local Authority to ensure that the child received the full damages awarded.