I have just renewed my practising certificate for 2012/13.

Between last year and this, our firm’s annual turnover has fallen by £13,000. You will therefore understand my astonishment to find that, although last year I paid £1,551 to renew, this year it has cost £2,278.

This is a cost that a tiny law firm cannot sustain. How can an increase of £727, almost 47%, be justified? If I tried to increase my fees by 47% I would be out of business.

I am clearly very annoyed at this increase and suspect that I am one of many.

Angeline Humphreys, Humphreys Solicitors, Preston, Lancashire