Going to court is expensive. It is so expensive that many commercially minded people would rather pay someone money that is not owed, or walk away from money that is owing, just to avoid legal costs.
While some business people take this practical approach, others want to stand up for the principle of the matter. Having principles can however be very expensive.
It is true that because legal costs are high, even a win may feel like a loss. Legal costs are sometime higher than the value of the dispute.
Lawyers have a saying that "costs follow the event". In other words, normally the winner of legal proceedings will receive an order that their costs should be paid, by the losing party. We mention some exceptions below.
Here we should pause to think about what this means: