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Increase in court fees for insolvency proceedings

The court fees for insolvency proceedings have increased.

Following consultation held between December 2013 and January 2014, the Ministry of Justice has increased the fees charged by courts and tribunals for many types of proceedings. The government’s aim to recover the costs of court services through the fees charged to users has meant that many fees have increased, some significantly so.

The increases take effect from today (22 April 2014) with the exception of those increases/new fees that apply to the Court of Appeal. Changes to fees in the Court of Appeal will not be implemented yet as procedure rule changes are required before their introduction. They will therefore be amended once the necessary rule changes are in place.

General fees: High Court and County Court Old fee New fee
General application (on notice) £80 £155
Petition for bankruptcy (presented by debtor) £175 £180
Petition for bankruptcy (presented by creditor/other person) £220 £280
Petition for an administration order £175 £280
Any other petition £220 £280
Request for a certificate of discharge from bankruptcy £70 £70
Copy of a certificate of discharge from bankruptcy £5 £10
Insolvency – other application £155 £280
Winding up fee £155 £160
Filing insolvency documents £35 £50
Application within proceedings (by consent/without notice) £35 £50
Application within proceedings (with notice) £70 £155
Search of bankruptcy and company records (County Court) £45 £45
Court of Appeal fees    
Application – permission to appeal/extension of time £235 £480
General application (on notice) No fee previously payable £155
General application (by consent/without notice) No fee previously payable £50
Permission to appeal is not required or has been granted £465 £1,090
Appellant/respondent filing an appeal questionnaire £465 £1,090

A full list of revised court fees can be found at Annex A of the government response to the consultation.

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