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Handed down yesterday, it is the case that everyone is talking about. The Supreme Court held that that the pre-2013 system of recovering success fees and after the event (ATE) insurance premiums from the losing party is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This is important not just for those still pursuing cases under the pre-2013 position but also those still subject to the transitional arrangements where the new rules have yet to be applied, for example insolvency cases.
In a detailed and informative analysis David Bowden, freelance independent consultant, examines the judgment and talks to Alex Bagnall, associate and costs advocate of Just Costs, as well getting reaction from Mr Coventry and his solicitor Joanne Pooley, partner of Pooley Bendall & Watson.
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