Fixed Fee Small Claims Advice – Claims up to £10,000
£10,000 is still a lot of money to most people and the prospect of losing such a sum of money if it is owed to you or paying it if you do not think you should can be a tremendous worry.
Nearly all claims of less than £10,000 are dealt with in the Small Claims Court. As a general rule lawyers’ fees cannot be claimed back from your opponent. You may be reluctant to seek legal advice when needed most.
We provide cost effective advice on the merits and preparation of your claim or defence and help you understand the court process and what you need to do to maximise your prospects of success. We can even arrange for you to be represented at Court if you wish.
We have designed a fixed fee service so you know exactly what cost you will pay. You can decide to use one stage, two stages or all three of them. With fixed costs from start to finish, legal advice is delivered in a transparent and cost effective manner allowing you to plan ahead.
Stage 1 – Fixed fee Small Claims advice
- Provide a 30 minute interview to include an outline of:
- Merits of bringing or, if applicable, defending a claim
- Provision of Court Forms and Guidance on Completion
- Review the Court Forms you have prepared and advise you on any amendments needed;
- Issue the Papers into Court (but you pay the Court Fee)
- Complete the Request for Judgment or, where appropriate, advise you on completing a Directions Questionnaire (Court fees will be payable by the Claimant). If the matter is defended we will offer templates for witness statements with guidance notes on completing them.
Cost = £250 + VAT & disbursements
Stage 2 – Submission of Evidence
We will spend up to 2 hours:
Reviewing and amending Witness Statements
Advising on collation of further evidence or expert report
Producing final bundle to be supplied to the Court and opponent (Hearing Fee will be payable by Claimant)
Cost = £300 + VAT & disbursements
Stage 3 – Representation at Final Hearing / Trial
We will review the prepared papers and arrange for you to be represented at the final hearing.
Cost = £500 + VAT & disbursements
In some instances the Court may list additional hearings for case management to deal with an application. Such hearings will be the subject of a separate quote.
Court Fees are payable by you in addition to our legal fees. Certain Court Fees are calculated by reference to the value of the claim, details of which are available upon request.
It may not always be possible due to the complexity of matters to offer fixed fee Small Claims advice under the above fixed fee regime. In those circumstances we will provide a quote at the outset and before any fees are incurred by you.
What do I do next?
For further information on our fixed fee Small Claims advice service complete our online Small Claims Advice form, providing us details about your claim or just call us on 0333 577 5677.