Call us on 01752 203500
News & Features

Wednesday 30th March 2011
30/03/2011 - Court Fee Increases

New Court fees come into force on 4 April 2011 in both civil and family cases.

In civil cases there will be increases to most of the fees.

Fees in money claims across the board will rise. For example, the fee on a money claim of £3,000 to £5,000 will rise by £12 from £108 to £120 and the fee in a claim of £5,000 to £15,000 will rise by £20 from £225 to £245.

Landlords should note that the fee to issue proceedings in a possession claim will rise by £25 from £150 at present to £175. The fee to issue a Possession Warrant will rise by £15 from £95 to £110.

For those seeking to enforce a Court Judgment there are fee increases across the board. For example, the fee for a Charging Order Application rises from £55 to £100.

In the field of insolvency the fees for issuing a Bankruptcy Petition and (in the case of a company) a Winding Up Petition will also rise.

In a related development, Court users should also note that with effect from 1 April 2011 Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) will merge with the Tribunals Service to form a new, single organisation; HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) which will be responsible for all administration in Courts and Tribunals. As a result of the merger, those wishing to pay Court fees by cheque will need to make the cheque payable to HM Courts and Tribunals Service or HMCTS, as opposed to HMCS as is the position currently.

If you would like further advice on precisely how these changes will affect you, click here for ways to contact us.

Philip Oke - Partner


News & Features
16/01/14 - Challenge to Vegetarian Will a Fruitless Endeavour
16th Jan 2014

A rather bizarre will dispute hit the headlines recently. This case, although most certainly unusual, goes some way to highlight the need to have a professional involved when ... click for more

13/01/14 - Send in the Sherriff!
13th Jan 2014

Here in the Gill Akaster office we are big fans of the popular BBC series ‘The Sheriffs Are Coming’ and today the third series will be hitting our TV screens.

T ... click for more

03/01/14 - D-Day 2014
3rd Jan 2014

Did you know that 3rd January has been dubbed ‘Divorce Day’ by many people across the UK?

With the start of a new year, often comes a time for new resolutions a ... click for more

18/12/13 - GOD TV Puts Faith in Plymouth Law Firm
18th Dec 2013

Plymouth-based law firm, Gill Akaster LLP, today (18 December) announced the completion of a significant deal for its client, The Angel Foundation (the UK charitable arm of GOD TV) allowi ... click for more

12/12/13 - A STEP Forward for Plymouth Solicitor
12th Dec 2013

Jonathan Hall, partner of Plymouth based law firm Gill Akaster LLP Solicitors, has been awarded the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes ... click for more

13/11/13 - Joint Accounts Routinely Frozen if Mental Capacity Lost
13th Nov 2013

Couples with joint bank accounts may find that their account is frozen if one of them loses mental capacity. Guidance issued this year by the British Bankers’ Association says that ... click for more

28/10/13 - Fines could be on the Cards for Landlords Renting to Illegal Immigrants
28th Oct 2013

It is widely covered in the media that the coalition government is looking at ways to reduce the number of illegal immigrants living within the UK. Recent proposals, which could be implem ... click for more

30/08/13 - An Extra Birthday Hug for Henry
30th Aug 2013

The plight of four year old Henry Hallam has had such an impact on the staff of a local law firm that his charity, Hugs for Henry, has been voted as its charity of the year.

... click for more

30/07/13 - New Partner Joins Plymouth Law Firm
1st Aug 2013

Plymouth based law firm, Gill Akaster LLP, has expanded its team by welcoming experienced employment solicitor Rhiain Lewis as a partner of the firm.

Rhiain boasts 25 years ... click for more

24/07/13 - Up Coming Changes in Employment Law
24th Jul 2013

There is no doubting that employment law is one of the fastest paced legal sectors in terms of rate of change. If businesses fail to comply with any of the changes implemented then the im ... click for more

16/07/13 - The Real Deal
16th Jul 2013

Plymouth based law firm, Gill Akaster LLP, has helped a local couple to achieve their ambition to establish an environmentally friendly cafe within Sutton Harbour.

Gill Aka ... click for more

24/06/13 - The Benefits of Being a Trustee
24th Jun 2013