Coventry v Lawrence (no 2) [2014] UKSC 46

The Supreme Court has given an indication that the pre-Jackson costs regime may breach the rights of paying parties, under the European Convention of Human Rights. In a private nuisance case in which the damages at stake were £74,000 and the losing party was ordered to pay £640,000 in costs, over half of which was comprised of success fee and ATE premium, Lord Neuberger indicated that  “it may be that the respondents are right in their contention that their liability for costs would be inconsistent with their Convention rights”. Read case commentary by Anna Lintner in full here.

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Coventry v Lawrence (no 2) [2014] UKSC 46