The government's court fee hike begins to bite with 50 per cent drop in value and number of CCJs

Lawyers fear that companies and individuals have been priced out of court as new figures show a one-fifth drop in the number of county court judgments (CCJs) against businesses in the first half of 2016.

Statistics from the Registry Trust show that there were 42,091 CCJs against businesses in England and Wales in the first six months of 2016, a 19 per cent fall year on year.

The figures also show the total value of CCJs has decreased by 12 per cent, falling to £149m. The drop in value and number of judgments is the lowest ...

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