What can I claim for in the small claims court?

The short answer is anything assuming it falls into the small claims criteria (in terms of value and complexity – see ‘What are small claims?’ and ‘Allocation outside the small claims court’) and is not specifically excluded e.g. claims for harassment or unlawful eviction, in both cases relating to residential […]

Building your case yourself

It is important to remain as objective as you can be. We appreciate this can be difficult, particularly if you feel you have been wronged in some way. It would therefore be useful to have a trusted friend or contact who you know will give you honest feedback to your […]

Applying for Judgment in Default

The Defendant either has to acknowledge service within 14 days of service of the claim or submit a defence within 14 days. If the Defendant files an acknowledge of service within 14 days they will have a full 28 days from the service of claim within in which to submit […]

Guide to Directions Questionnaires

Do not underestimate the importance of this stage When you receive notice of the due date for allocation questionnaires, you should also receive notice of the proposed allocation. It is very likely that the court will propose to allocate your matter to the small claims court unless there is an […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Basically alternative dispute resolution or ADR for short is all other forms of dispute resolution other than court proceedings. The civil procedure rules encourage the parties to use ADR to resolve their dispute without the need for court action. You will also find that the judge will do the same. Although […]

Useful links

Other useful resources to assist you navigate the small claims court Court finder – where to find any court in the England & Wales Civil Procedure Rules – the rules which govern the procedures for civil court cases The Small Claims Rules – this is Part 27 of the Civil Procedure Rules […]


The formal name for the process of showing the evidence that supports your case to the other party. ‘Standard’ disclosure refers to the usual way of going about the process as described in Part 31 of the Civil Procedure Rules.

Directions hearing

Another name for Case Management Conference (See above). A hearing where the court decides or the parties agree (with the approval of the judge) the instructions they will follow to get the case ready for trial.


What solicitors charge for the legal work they do (also known as ‘legal costs’). May also include court fees and other expenses.