The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has reiterated his concerns about the high costs of litigation, including the impact of the Government's proposed new structure of court fees, which could damage London's position in the international legal market. This is also in light of increasing competition from other jurisdictions such as Singapore, the Netherlands and Germany.

Lord Thomas said that great care should be taken not to upset a business that is very important to the economy of the country, for what are relatively small sums of money.

He also commented the charging regime 'ignores the basic fact' that a court case which settles a point of law is for the benefit of the public and therefore individual litigants should not be expected to pay the whole bill.