The Law Society welcomed the news that a hike in probate fees is to be ditched by the government.

Law Society president Robert Bourns said: ’This proposal would have affected 42 per cent of estates and would have put pressure on families when they have just suffered a bereavement so we are glad it is no longer going forward.’

The proposal, which surfaced in the recent spring budget, would have hiked probate fees from a current flat fee of £215 (or £155 if done by a solicitor) to a sliding scale between £300 and £20,000 based on the value of the estate. 

The Law Society was among the 97 per cent of respondents to the consultation which argued against the proposed increases, suggesting instead that a much more moderate and stepped increase was appropriate.