The government has recently been criticised for the increase in court fees from 22nd April 2014. We believe this undermines the opportunity for people to access to justice where they have been wronged, particularly for people on low incomes. Higher court fees represent significant barriers to gaining justice for the “man in the street”.
It is estimated that all of the increases will boost Court income by approximately £200m. The government has stated it is critical that the courts are properly funded if they are to continue to function whilst developing a more efficient, modernised court service. They believe that those who can afford to pay should contribute to the costs of the service, which will subsequently lead to the cost to the taxpayer being reduced.
At Wrigley Claydon, we recognise the problems caused by this latest fee increase and we remain committed to ensuring that our clients achieve justice at a price that they can afford. We want to ensure transparency with our clients when it comes to costs, and therefore have introduced a “menu” system where clients can pick and choose what part of their case they need assistance with and which parts they wish to deal with themselves. This not only saves the client money, but allows them to obtain expert advice whenever they need to.
If you are considering bringing or defending a court case, contact Wrigley Claydon, and ask about our new “menu” system. You can email our litigation specialist Shalish Mehta at email@example.com, or give us a call on 0161 624 6811 (Oldham) or 01706 815 712 (Todmorden).
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