Small Claims Court Representation
Bringing your case to a small claims court? The fees involved in small claims can seem daunting, but with the right expertise you can be in a better position to win a case, and it doesn’t need to cost the earth. Here is a simple guide to bringing a case to the small claims court, with all the information you need to get started.
When to use the small claims court for your case
Small claims can be anything which related to the breach of a contract, whether it’s unfair parking fines, or consumer claims. Here are some examples where a case may be brought to the small claims court:
- Landlord and tenant disputes
- Faulty goods such as electrical items, washing machines, and TVs
- Faulty or poor services from builders, cleaners, mechanics and other providers
Claiming compensation at a small claims court
There are several factors which come into play when a court is deciding where and how a claim should be dealt with. For a case to be assigned to the small claims court, it will usually need to be a claim for less than less than £5,000. For personal injuries, this is slightly different – a personal injury claim will need to be worth less than £1,000 in order to be allocated to be counted as small claims. There are of course some exceptions, and if both parties agree to the idea of taking a case to small claims, it can sometimes be a deciding factor, regardless of the expected cost of the claim. It should also be added that in Scotland, the financial limit for small claims is £3,000.
Small claims court costs and fees
If you’re considering bringing your case to the small claims court, the first thing you’ll be wondering is what the court fees might be, and if there are any additional costs involved. If you decide that a solicitor is the best option for you, you need to be sure that the costs and fees involved are transparent from the start.
Small claims court costs will typically depend on:
- Where you live, whether it’s England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. There are different costs involved for these territories.
- How far through the court process your claim proceeds
- Whether you need an expert to support any claims made (for example a technical expert to confirm a faulty product or service). In many cases, if you win your claim, the defendant is liable to pay these fees.
How to find out costs and fees for a small claims court
It’s a good idea to do you research before taking a claim to the small claims court. A useful way to do this is to compare the costs quoted to you by solicitors in the field. If you’re looking for a way to do this quickly and easily, Compare Legal Costs can help by sending you a selection of quotes from independent law firms in your area. The costs quoted to you will be fixed, with no hidden extras, and there’s no obligation involved. Find out how it works here.
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