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2016 Budget – No Increase in Court Fees

12 April 2016 #Dispute Resolution

One of the main objectives of Clarkslegal’s dispute resolution team is to help our clients resolve their disputes as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.  A constant pressure we have to factor into our service is the increasing cost of resolving disputes as successive governments seek to increase Court fees.

  • Over the past decade, we have seen a dramatic increase in the level of Court fees payable for issuing legal proceedings.  A few years ago, the Court fee for starting legal proceedings for a claim valued at £200,000 was £1,515.  Now that fee is £10,000, an increase of over 600%.   Last year, the Ministry of Justice consulted on further rises to Court fees, including increasing the top fee to £20,000 or 5% of the value claimed.   
  • The government’s objective is to plug a £100million gap in the Ministry of Justice’s budget.  However, their proposal of making the justice system entirely self-funding to cover this gap has met with steep opposition.  The Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee earlier this year expressing deep concern that fee increases were risking denying access to justice for many people who simply could not afford to pay them.  In the end the government stepped back from implementing many of the proposed increases in Court fees and we are happy to report that the Budget did not announce any other increases.
Clarkslegal, specialist Dispute Resolution lawyers in London, Reading and throughout the Thames Valley.
For further information about this or any other Dispute Resolution matter please contact Clarkslegal's dispute resolution team by email at by telephone 020 7539 8000 (London office), 0118 958 5321 (Reading office) or by completing the form on this page.
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