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Is commercial litigation about to suffer the same fate as the Employment Tribunals?

6 March 2015

Is commercial litigation about to suffer the same fate as the Employment Tribunals?

Despite a campaign by the Law Society and litigation groups up and down the country, the House of Lords has approved an increase in court fees by up to 600 per cent, which it is hoped will contribute £120m a year to the court service.

The rise followed a consultation process which began in December 2013. Since then, an increase has seemed inevitable, but what was unexpected was just how big that increase would be. It means that, as of the beginning of this week, there will be a 5 per cent fee on all claims valued between £10,000 and £200,000. The levy will be capped at £10,000.

The Law Society has warned that the proposals...

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