The fear is mounting that the increasing cost of litigation is eroding the fundamental rights, protection and access to justice under the ECHR, exacerbated by the uncertainty of future fee increases.

Although the Government's decision not to introduce daily hearing fees for commercial cases and not to impose extremely high court fees for very large value commercial claims has been welcomed by the senior judiciary, it is now consulting on a £75 increase on the fee paid by landlords and mortgage lenders for recovery of land. It is also seeking to increase fees for general applications by up to £100.