The Law Society Gazette has reported that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been asked to investigate the proposed increase in probate court fees which are intended to come into effect from April this year.

The proposed fees will result in probate fees being on a scale rate based on the size of the estate. Estates with values of more than £2m will be subject to a £6,000 fee.

Any investigation by the CMA would be based on the concept of "fairness". However, it remains unclear whether the CMA has the power to investigate a government department.