Government increases in some civil court fees are due to come into effect on Monday 9 March.

The increases affect money claims - both ‘specified’ and ‘unspecified’.

The Law Society, with other legal professional bodies, has criticised the fee increases and has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the Ministry of Justice.

Firms may wish to consider whether they should issue claims this week in order to avoid the increase.

Example fee increases:

Example fee increases
Value of claim £Fee now £ (paper)New fee £Increase in fee £% increase
20,000 610 1,000 390 64%
40,000 610 2,000 1,390 228%
90,000 910 4,500 3,590 395%
150,000 1,315 7,500 6,185 470%
190,000 1,315 9,500 8,185 622%
200,000 1,515 10,000 8,725 576%
250,000 1,720 10,000 8,280 481%