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Court fee increases - Law Society response

Last updated: 2 March 2015

The Law Society has issued a pre-action protocol letter for judicial review to challenge the government's decision to increase some court fees by over 600 per cent.
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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced it will increase fees for money claims from 9 March. It is also consulting on fee increases for possession claims, applications without notice or consent and application on notice with consent.

This announcement follows a December 2013 consultation on proposals to increase court fees in a number of areas, including money claims (specified and unspecified), commercial proceedings, hearings (fast and non-fast track) and divorce proceedings. The Law Society's response opposed these increases.

The fee increases for money claims mean:

  • The fee for claims from £1 - £9,999 will remain unchanged.
  • The fee for claims from £10,000 - £199,999 will be five per cent of the claim.
  • The fee for claims £200,000 and above will be fixed at £10,000.
  • There will be a 10 per cent discount on fees for claims from £10,000 - £99,999 filed electronically.

We are extremely concerned about these proposals, which we believe will have a detrimental effect on our members, consumers and small businesses.

Law Society president Andrew Caplen has written to the justice minister about the proposals. We have drafted a template letter (Word 17kb) that members can use to lobby their local MPs.

We have also prepared a briefing for MPs and peers (PDF) to inform the debates on these proposals in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

We have responded to the MoJ's consultation opposing the increases that the government intends to bring in March, and the other proposed fee rises. Read our full response below.

Thank you to practitioners who completed our online survey. You can still email your comments and client case studies to courtfees@lawsociety.org.uk.

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