The Ministry of Justice has scrapped controversial plans to raise probate fees from the current level of £155, up to £6,000.

The proposal had already been delayed considerably due to parliamentary time being diverted to Brexit and it was argued that the rise would amount to an unfair 'stealth tax' on the recently bereaved.

We, along with STEP, the Law Society and many others, welcome the announcement.

The Government has said it will now review probate fees as part of an annual assessment of family and civil court charges.