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New court fees

By on Mar 23, 2011 | 18 comments

Court fees are due to increase from 4 April 2011.  In addition to increases across the board, are increases to the fees for detailed assessment: (a) does not exceed £15,000 – £325 (b) exceeds £15,000 but does not exceed £50,000 – £655 (c) exceeds £50,000 but does not exceed £100,000 – £980 (d) exceeds £100,000 but does not exceed £150,000 – £1,310 (e) exceeds £150,000 but does not exceed £200,000 – £1,635 (f) exceeds £200,000 but does not exceed £300,000 – £2,455 (g) exceeds £300,000 but does not exceed £500,000 – £4,090 (h) exceeds £500,000 – £5,455 A link to the the full order can be found on the Court Fees section of Legal Costs Central, in addition to previous orders so you can make sure the correct amounts have been claimed in older bills. (Have you set Legal Costs Central as your homepage...

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APIL complains about excessive costs of litigation

By on Apr 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Whether excessive legal costs are really a problem depends, in part, from what perspective you are considering matters. Defendants have little difficulty appreciating how problematic this issue is. However, claimant representatives have been far slower to join in the criticisms. How strange then that the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) should now join in and what a strange area they have decided to highlight. Responding to the Ministry of Justice consultation on increasing civil court fees, APIL said “injured people could be left high and dry as the increases will effectively price them out of the courts”. APIL president Amanda Stevens said the changes would mean fees could rise, on average, by around 55 per cent, and more than 4,000 per cent in some areas. “Increases on this scale are staggering and will undoubtedly make it more difficult for injured, vulnerable people to receive assistance from the courts if a claim cannot be settled any other way,” she said. In a previous blog I commented on one of the proposed fee increases. So what increases does APIL believe will prevent injured people receiving proper compensation? The only increases that APIL felt able to comment on are those in relation to detailed assessment proceedings. Other than the truly eye watering increase for LSC funded cases, the other increases raise, for example, the fee for a request for a default costs certificate from £45 to £60 and the fee for appealing a decision made in detailed assessment proceedings from £105 to £200. Now, I may be somewhat naive here, but do any lawyers really believe that the court fees for certain aspects of detailed assessment are going to be a factor that discourages litigation? The average litigant will not have the slightest idea as to the potential costs of general litigation, let alone the costs of the costs. I would be fascinated to see a firm of solicitors that provides costs estimates to their clients that are so carefully calculated that these increases are going to be factored-in or, indeed, that any solicitors actually even consider the potential costs of detailed assessment proceedings when starting a claim and advising their client. When the Guideline Hourly Rates were increased at the...

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Proposed court fee increases

By on Feb 24, 2009 | 1 comment

The Ministry of Justice has issued a consultation paper, Civil Court Fees 2008, on proposed increases in certain court fees (closing date 4/3/09). The most eye watering increase is the fee for filing a request for a detailed assessment hearing by a legally aided party where no other party is ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings. The proposed increase is from the current £105 up to a new figure of up to £5,000. Click image to enlarge:  ...

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