Civil Court fee increase from 9th March 2015
New Court fees applicable to claims worth a value in excess of £10,000 have caused the Law Society to seek support from solicitors to battle against the proposed government changes.
It is understood the proposed changes are:
|Value of claim £||Fee now £ (paper)||New fee £||Increase in fee £||% increase|
Claims for Possession will also see fees rise by £75 at all levels. Application fees will also rise with the Court fee for an application made by consent increasing from £50 to £100 and contested applications increasing from £155 to £255.
The proposed fee increases were put forward by the Ministry of Justice, which has substantiated the new fees by stating that this will raise an extra £120 million a year to help fund the general running of the court system.
The Law Society had subsequently issued a Pre-action letter of claim to the Ministry of Justice to protest the proposed fee increase. However, the House of Lords approved the changes on Wednesday 4th March 2015.