The history of the Besfords

Ian Besford (judge)

District Judge Ian Besford

Ian Besford is a District Judge on the North East Circuit, sitting predominantly at Kingston-upon-Hull Combined Court.

Prior to his appointment in 1999, he was a Partner in a general practice in the North East. He has had a keen interest in costs since the early 1980s having been principal in a cost drafting firm in the North West. Ian was appointed as a Regional Cost Judge in November 2005.

Bank charges

Ian Besford has been frequently quoted in connection with campaigners fighting against “unfair” bank charges. In July 2007 he ordered two banks to reveal the details behind unauthorised overdraft fees in a move that could see the true cost of bank charges exposed for the first time. He told Yorkshire Bank and Alliance and Leicester to disclose how they calculate their penalty fees and what the actual cost to them is of servicing a bounced payment.

In the news

The Telegraph, June 2007: Judge to throw out bank charge claims

BBC News, June 2007: Judge to strike out bank claims

Metro: Bank charges claims must improve

One response to “Ian Besford (judge)”

  1. Have you updated on your article published by the
    LAW Society Gazette entitled "Costs and litigants in person"?

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