An increase in court fees

As many of our readers will be aware, certain steps in litigation attract a fee that must be paid to the court. Such fees include the fee required to start court proceedings, but also fees for commencing action to enforce a judgment.

The court fees payable are set out in the Civil Fees Order 2008 and are amended from time-to-time. One such amendment came about as of 30 September 2021, with various court fees facing an increase.

The changes to the most common fees incurred in debt recovery and business dispute resolution matters are set out below.

Fee increases for each court fee / stage

Previous amount:

  • County Court: £308
  • High Court £528

New amount:

  • County Court: £332
  • High Court: £569

Previous amount:

  • Multi-track: £1,090
  • Fast Track: £545
  • Small Claims Track: £25 – £335

New amount:

  • Multi-track: £1,175
  • Small Claims Track; £27 – £346

Previous amount:

  • County Court: £120 – £140
  • High Court: £240

New amount:

  • County Court: £129 – £151
  • High Court: £259

Previous amount:

  • £255

New amount:

  • £275

Previous amount:

  • £100

New amount:

  • £108

Previous amount:

  • £280

New amount:

  • £302

Previous amount:

  • £66

New amount:

  • £71

Previous amount:

  • £55

New amount:

  • £59

Previous amount:

  • £110

New amount:

  • £119

Previous amount:

  • £110

New amount:

  • £119

Previous amount:

  • £110

New amount:

  • £119

In most cases, the above court fees will be recoverable from the other party if the claim/defence is successful.

No change in fees required to commence a claim

Whilst the Ministry of Justice has pressed ahead with the above changes, we are pleased to report that there has been no change to the fees require to commence a claim.

Value of the claim:

Court issue fee: £35

Court issue fee: £50

Court issue fee: £70

Court issue fee: £80

Court issue fee: £115

Court issue fee: £205

Court issue fee: £455

Court issue fee: 5% of the value of the claim

Court issue fee: £10,000

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