It is a sad truth that it is relatively common in practice for a builder for example to sue for damages, win the case, and then have to wait months if not years to get paid.

What they are wanting to get paid is not only the ‘substantive’ sum they have sought but also the costs (which can obviously be substantial) they have incurred to get there. I have been involved in a few cases (though they are rare) where the builder client won their case…