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Articles 24th Jul 2015

Supreme Court Judgment in Coventry and Ors v Lawrence and another [2015] UKSC 50

The Supreme Court has handed down its Judgment in Coventry v Lawrence in which it considered the compatibility of the system for the recovery of success fees and ATE premiums under the Access to Justice Act 1999 with the European Convention on Human Rights, Articles 6 and Article 1 Protocol 1.   The Court held by a majority of 5-2 (Lord Neuberger, Lord Dyson, Lord Sumption, Lord Mance and Lord Carnwarth in the majority and Lord Clarke and Lady Hale dissenting) that the system is compatible.    Success fees and ATE premiums entered into under the AJA 1999 scheme will therefore remain to be recoverable by successful claimants.   Whether the decision will be challenged before the ECtHR in Strasbourg and, if so, whether the European Court will take the same view as the Supreme Court remains to be seen.

See Alerter by Abigail Cohen here.


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