Unless a client is colluding & cheating he can settle his claim for costs with his opponent.

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In Khan the court held that a client was entitled to settle his claim for lawyers fees on his own by serving notice of acting.

KHANS SOLICITORS v (1) CHAMA CHIFUNTWE (2) SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (2012)

A compromise on costs reached between the secretary of state and the claimant himself after the claimants solicitors had applied for their costs to be assessed was indeed  valid; neither the claimant or the secretary of state had acted in an underhand manner in relation to this.

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