Civil court fees for money claims over £10,000 have risen to five per cent of the value of the claim.
The controversial fee increase, of up to 600 per cent in some cases, affects both specified and unspecified claims. They will be capped however at £10,000 for claims of £200,000 or more.
There will also now be a fee of 4.5 per cent of the claim’s value for claims over £10,000 issued in the County Court Business Centre. A 10 per cent discount remains on all money claims made online.
The changes come after a series of objections from parties including The Law Society, which claimed the new fees are tantamount to “selling justice.”
Despite widespread opposition, a final House of Lords vote approved the changes last week.
The Law Society is now mounting a legal challenge in a bid to kick-start a judicial review. It has sent a pre-action protocol letter and is waiting for the government’s response.
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