On 12 October, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland announced that the proposals to increase probate fees will be withdrawn. 

Under the government’s proposals, probate fees would have risen from the current fixed fee of £215 – or £155 with a solicitor – to a sliding scale of up to £6,000 depending on the size of the estate.

The news was welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales, which ran a campaign to stop the fee hike.