The Law Society has stated that the government has revealed that the number of applications for grants of probate have fallen during lockdown. This has been for both personal and lawyer applications. 

When lockdown is removed there is likely to be a surge due to the drop, and due to Covid-19 deaths. Despite the decrease in applications, I personally have not seen applications being returned quicker. With the expected surge this is worrying, but HMCTS have stated that they are prepared for the surge and have retrained staff. The government has also stated that they are considering further recruitment to deal with the anticipated surge.