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Changes in court fees come into force

Posted on Tuesday, 10th March 2015 by

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There are a number of matters to consider when deciding whether to issue court proceedings to recover monies owed to you or your business.  We can assist you with that decision making process to help you determine whether issuing proceedings is appropriate for you.  One  consideration for any potential litigant is the cost of proceedings.  At Edward Hands and Lewis we offer a flexible and practical approach to legal costs from private payment to ‘no win no fee’ and damages based agreements.  Whilst those agreements cover the costs of the legal work we undertake for you, you will also need to give thought to the costs to be paid to the court and there has been some significant changes in the way those fees are calculated.

After much debate 09 March 2015 saw the introduction of the revised court fees guide that sets out the costs of issuing claims at court.  The guide deals with court issued claims (hand delivered or posted) and claims filed via Secure Data Transfer and Money Claims Online, the latter 2 attracting reduced fees comparatively.

If you are considering issuing a claim you should take advice as to:

  1. The extent of any court fee;
  2. Whether you are able to reduce that fee by issuing the claim online or via Secure Data Transfer;
  3. Whether there is any funding available that can assist you with the court fee;
  4. Whether you qualify for full or partial fee remission
  5. The alternatives to issuing court claims and avoiding court fees

At Edward Hands & Lewis we can advise you in respect of all of the above. Should you have any queries or wish to speak to one of our advisors about this please contact us.

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Paul Stubbs - Litigation
Paul Stubbs - Litigation
paul.s@ehlsolicitors.co.uk 01332 862 113
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