The Ministry of Justice is consulting on the introduction of fees for certain court proceedings, including appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (FTT) and Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) (UT). The purpose of the fee increase is to allow the Government to recover 25% of the annual operational costs of the tribunals.

Under the proposals, there would be two different issue fees in the FTT, depending on the case category. A tiered fee structure may also be introduced where cases go to a full hearing, which would be based on the complexity and length of the case.

For the UT, the consultation proposes fees for seeking permission to appeal from the FTT to the UT and for a substantive hearing before the UT. It is not clear whether the fees would be recoverable in the event of a successful appeal.

These proposals form part of a wider consultation on further increases to courts and tribunal fees which runs until 15 September 2015.

Details of the consultation can be read here.