Re: Christ Church, Brixton (Southwark Consistory Court; Garth Moore Ch.)
In dealing with the issue of costs, the Chancellor observed that amenity societies had recently by legislation been granted the privilege of being parties, with a right to be heard and to call witnesses and to cross-examine. A corollary to the privilege was that they might be liable for costs, but providing they acted reasonably it was likely that no order would be made against them. There was an alternative course open to them, namely, to submit their views in writing without becoming parties. If they did so, their wishes would be considered by the parties and the court de bene esse, but no more.
(1990) 2 Ecc LJ 4