We deal with small claims court claims between £2,500 and £10,000. These claims are usually meant to be contested by the parties themselves and whatever costs are incurred whether you win or lose are generally not reclaimable with the exception of the original court filing fees. Our fees are not reclaimable but if a company can be off set against tax,
We also deal with claims over £10,000 to a maximum of £100,000 which will usually be represented by a barrister specialist in the field of law appertaining to your claim. Unlike the Small Claims Court the losing party in such a case will be responsible for payment of their own costs and those of the successful party at the discretion of the Court. As these costs can be relatively high, it is advisable to consult a barrister first to assess the chance of success of the claim.
We feel it is important that at the beginning that you know if you have a reasonable chance of being successful in any claim you make or you are defending. Our initial assessment (although if positive cannot guarantee that you would be successful) enables us to determine any potential claims that we believe do not meet the criteria of having a reasonable chance of success so that we can inform you accordingly.
NO – we offer an ethical service and if that was the situation, we could not in all honesty assist and charge you for a claim that we believe would not have a reasonable chance of being successful. We would however urge you to try and settle the claim by correspondence or through mediation and assist in this if you wished us to do so.
We would assist you in completing the Court Claims form to start your claim and help you to complete a letter before action and all other court forms including allocation questionnaires, witness statements right up to the court hearing.
We are not solicitors but we could discuss with you about providing an agent ( solicitor or barrister) to represent you at a reasonable cost and depending on the amount of your claim whether this was what you wanted.
If you are successful the Court will enter a Judgement in your favour for an amount of damages together with the any court costs paid and has the discretion to include any further reasonable expenses you have incurred say for witness expenses.
It is usual that payment should be made to you within 21 days (or other period that the court decides) but it happens on occasions that the money is not paid and that the Judgement made needs to be enforced by you through the Court. If it is discovered that the other side has no assets you will not receive any money.