The Access to Justice Act 1999 (AJA) is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the Supreme Court has held by a majority of 5-2 in Coventry v Lawrence.

The court ruled that parts of the costs regime introduced by the AJA (now repealed and replaced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO)), in particular a claimant's right to recover any success fee and after the event (ATE) insurance premium from an unsuccessful defendant, did not infringe article 6 of the ECHR and/or article 1 of the first protocol to the convention.

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