Small Businesses: Legal Costs

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20 September 2022.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made a recent estimate of how much English and Welsh small and medium-sized enterprises could save annually if barriers to accessing legal advice and the civil justice system were reduced.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice has not directly made an assessment of these costs. However, we recognise the importance of businesses being able to access legal services in a cost effective way.

The Government continues to take steps to improve access to justice for small businesses and support them to resolve legal issues in a cost effective way. This Government has undertaken extensive work on improving the reach and uptake of dispute resolution services, extending the fixed recoverable costs regime and supporting technological innovation in legal services. Through these initiatives, we aim to further improve the cost effectiveness, simplicity, and speed of resolving legal issues for small businesses. The Government has also invested in the creation of 38 Growth Hubs across England providing businesses with free one-to-one support and advice. Additionally, the Government’s Business support helpline can provide guidance to businesses on what support offers are available to them.

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