Government fee increase will have a devastating impact on those with life-changing injuries and risk London's reputation as a global centre of dispute resolution, reports Catherine Baksi

Government plans to hike court fees by up to 600 per cent will have a devastating impact on ordinary and disadvantaged people seeking access to justice, lawyers' groups have warned, while City firms claim the changes will drive big ticket litigation abroad.

Responding to the government's latest consultation, which closed last week, the Law Society said the fee increases will have a devastating impact on those who have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of negligence and who cannot afford to bring court proceedings.

Despite overwhelming opposition to the proposals from the legal profession and judiciary, the government will increase the fee to issue proceedings for monetary claims to 5 per cent of the valu...

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