Welcome to our weekly round-up of news from the world of legal costs.
This week saw final clarity in the case of Coventry v Lawrence with the Supreme Court ruling that that the pre-Jackson regime was not incompatible with a Paying Party’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. The core argument was that the CFA scheme (created by the Access to Justice Act 1999) imposed a costs burden on losing parties that was excessive and in some cases amounted to a denial of justice.
The Supreme Court ruled 5:2 in favour of compatibility. The judgment was televised and can be viewed below.
Emma Jackson, Court of Protection specialist at Norwich office writes about changes to the Court of Protection here and Leanne Davies, High Costs Case specialist, Birmingham Office also updates us with regard to upcoming changes to care high costs cases scheduled to come into force October 2015 here.