Small Claims Court | Introduction
Bringing a small claim in the small claims court can be both time consuming and costly in terms of court fees. However it is still the most cost-effective way to bring a claim, if you are claiming no more than £5,000.
It is important to remember that if you consult a solicitor or barrister regarding a small claim you will not be able to claim back these costs, even if you win your case. This is because the small claims court is intended to be used by members of the public representing themselves, rather than seeking advice or representation from a lawyer. However, you are still able to claim back court fees, if you win your case.
You can bring or respond to a small claim online via the HM Courts & Tribunal Service Money Claim Online
service - the initial process and paperwork is all handled online.
However, we would always recommend (wherever possible) seeking a resolution to your dispute without going to court. Mediation can be a very cost-effective way to reach a proper resolution without court action. The fees for mediation usually depend on the value of the claim and the number of hours of mediation required. The Ministry of Justice provides a directory of approved Civil Mediation providers