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Employment tribunal fees order is unlawful, Supreme Court rules

The order introduced in 2013 imposing employment tribunal fees is unlawful and breaches both common law and EU rights of access to justice, the Supreme Court has ruled. The unanimous ruling this morning means that the government will have to refund fees paid by claimants.

July 26th, 2017 | No Comments »

Failure to pay correct court fee not an abuse of process

The Court of Appeal has refused to consider a circuit judge ruling which held that failure by a solicitor to correctly value a personal injury claim and pay the right court fee did not amount to an abuse of process. The solicitor valued the case at £50,000 or less, before seeking to change the damages claimed to over £500,000.

June 20th, 2017 | 2 Comments »

Two-thirds of litigators say increased court fees already putting off clients

Most litigation lawyers say increased court fees have already deterred clients from commencing proceedings, a survey has found. An even larger majority said increased fees would influence clients’ decision-making in the future.

June 15th, 2016 | No Comments »

Chambers launches “unique” arbitration service amid spiralling litigation costs

Kings Chambers has launched a new arbitration service, with its own website, in what is believed to be the first move of its kind. The service aims to be “quicker, cheaper and more efficient” and offers fixed fees.

June 8th, 2016 | No Comments »

Further court fee hikes “a denial of access to justice”, CJC says

A further round of court fee increases would amount to a “denial of access to justice”, the Civil Justice Council has warned. The CJC said individuals and small business would be hit particularly hard as it joined in the outspoken opposition from across the legal profession.

October 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

NHSLA annual report “tainted by politics”, says PIBA chair

The NHS Litigation Authority’s annual report has ceased to function as a “neutral document” presenting the figures and has instead become “tainted with politics”, a leading personal injury QC has argued.

August 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

Vara announces new wave of court fee rises and plans to double cap to £20,000

Justice minister Shailesh Vara has today announced a further wave of court fee rises for possession, divorce and general civil claims. He has also unveiled plans to raise the cap on money claims to £20,000.

July 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

MoJ: “Not our intention” that mesothelioma victims should use state compensation to fund court fees

The government never intended that mesothelioma victims should have to use statutory compensation awards to pay enhanced court fees, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said.

July 6th, 2015 | No Comments »

Betfred boss moves into lower-value litigation funding

Fred Done, co-founder of betting giant Betfred, has moved into lower value litigation funding with the launch of a new service specifically designed to help cover the cost of enhanced court fees.

July 1st, 2015 | No Comments »

Personal injury arbitration service aims to “break the dam”

A new personal injury service, launched today by leading personal injury silk Andrew Ritchie QC, aims to “break the dam” that has led the sector to fall behind others in its use of arbitration. Mr Ritchie has signed up 15 other silks.

June 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »