The number of County Court Judgments against businesses has fallen, according to the Registry Trust’s latest figures, increasing speculation that higher court fees are preventing businesses from accessing court procedures to recover debts.
The number of CCJs against businesses in England and Wales fell by 21% from 99,670 to 78,739 in 2016 – the lowest on record.
Registry Trust chair, Malcolm Hurlston CBE, said the continuing reduction suggested that businesses have been managing their debts better since the vote to leave the EU on 23 June. But speaking about Augusts’ figures, which demonstrated a 19% fall year on year, Hurlston said the higher court fee had also played a part.
‘We understand that the volume of business Judgments in particular has been affected by the rise in court fees’ he said. ‘We have not carried out our own research but that would seen to tie in with common sense, particularly in the immediate aftermath of a price change,’
The trust’s latest figures, published this month, also revealed more CCJs against consumers in England and Wales last year than any year on record.
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