From 1 April 2013 the current small claims limit of £5,000 has been increased to £10,000. Cases dealt on the small claims track are dealt with under much simpler court rules:
- Easier preparation and presentation of documentary evidence.
- Shorter and less formal hearings.
- A free telephone mediation service.
- A no costs rule.
Although small claims track hearings are easier to prepare your claim will seriously be prejudiced if directions are not followed, or supporting documents and witness statements are not prepared as a judge would expect. Furthermore making representations before a judge can be a daunting experience for most and unless you receive legal advice you may find yourself overlooking a legal point that results in your claim being lost.
Please speak to Ian Perry on 01473 310833 for more information about the process.