Guidance

Senior Courts Costs Office fees

Fees for asking the office to assess your legal costs, if you're disputing a solicitor's bill or can't agree on a sum with the other side.

Application fees

Application type Fee
Apply to challenge a solicitor’s bill (part 8 application) £55
Apply for an order in costs only proceedings (part 8 application) £55
Apply for a default costs certificate £66
Apply to set aside a default costs certificate £121
General application (N244) – by consent or without notice £100
General application (N244) – application on notice £255

Assessment fees

There is a separate fee for the assessment, which is usually based on what you’re claiming in costs.

Costs up to… Family Case Fee Civil Case Fee
£15,000 £335 £369
£50,000 £675 £743
£100,000 £1,005 £1,106
£150,000 £1,345 £1,480
£200,000 £1,680 £1,848
£300,000 £2,520 £2,772
£500,000 £4,200 £4,620
More than £500,000 £5,600 £6,160
Assessment type Fee
Legal aid only family case fee £200
Legal aid only civil case fee £220
Court of Protection £85

Appeal fees

Type of appeal Fee
General appeals – against a Cost Officer £231
General appeals – against a Cost Judge £240
Criminal fee appeals £100

Cheques should be paid to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’.

Published 20 March 2011
Last updated 30 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Assessment fee for Court of Protection reduced to £85.
  2. Clarify fees and remove obsolete information.
  3. Change of fees from July 2016
  4. Update to general application and appeals fee information
  5. First published.