Huge Hike In Court Fees - Fees to increase to 5% of claim value

The Government has announced the introduction of issue fees of 5% of the value of a claim for claims over £10,000. There will be a £10,000 limit on the fee.

The changes mean dramatic increases in claims valued between £10,000 and £200,000 (the value at which the cap will kick in). At the moment, a £10,000 claim costs £410 to issue. This will increase to £500. A claim for £150,000 currently costs £1,315.00 and this will rise to £7,500 – that’s a 470% increase. Claims over £200,000 may be subject to a cap but still face hefty increases. Currently, the highest issue fee charged is £1,920 for claims over £300,000.

The Government has also announced it is considering raising the fee for a general application on notice from £155 to £255 and an application without notice (or by consent) from £50 to £100, subject to limited exceptions.

The changes will need Parliamentary approval but are expected to be introduced during 2015.

Posted on 02/03/2015 by Ortolan

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