Despite vehement and high profile objection to the significant court fee increases which were introduced in March 2015 [1], the government has now opened another consultation on further increased civil court fees [2].

Only four months have passed since the last round of fee increases took effect, and although there has, as yet, been no published reliable evidence or analysis of the impact of those increases, the proposals are now:

  • To further increase the issue fee cap for recovery of money claims worth £10,000 or more from £10,000 to £20,000 or more.
  • To implement a general 10% uplift on fees in civil proceedings.
  • To increase the fee for possession claims from £280 to £355.
  • To increase the fee for general uncontested applications from £50 to £100.
  • To increase the fee for general contested applications from £155 to £255.

The consultation closes on 15 September 2015, shortly after the summer holiday period, and before the House of Commons Justice Committee concludes its inquiry[3] into the existing enhanced fee regime. Walker Morris will continue to monitor and report on these developments, which will affect all civil court users.