What Could A Small Claim Be For?
There are several things you could make a small claim for. These are all covered by the generic value as already mentioned – they are a small claim if it is for £10,000 or less. These include:
- Unpaid bills, invoices, or debt
- Mis-sold or faulty goods
- Minor personal injury
- Contractual disputes
However, there are some variations on this. First, not all small claims will necessarily be for financial compensation. Some claims, such as for housing disrepair, might just be for a landlord to fix a leaking roof or some other problem.
Secondly, the £10,000 does not apply to all types of claim. Exceptions include:
- Only personal injury claims worth less than £1,000 are small claims
- Only a housing disrepair claim where the cost of the repairs is less than £1,000 will be a small claim
- Some claims for harassment or unlawful eviction will not be allocated to the small claims track
There are other claims which might not be suitable for the small claims track if they are complex or legally important. But, your solicitor will advise you further about this.
Normally in a small claim you will not get back all your legal costs if you win. But the opposite is true, so if you lose the claim you don’t have to pay all your opponent’s costs. This is why the small claims track can be a popular solution.
Although, it does mean that you will have to consider that you might have to pay some legal fees even if you win. Legal fees can be off putting for a lot of people when talking to a solicitor. So, Chris Rudd Solicitors have introduced fixed fees for small claims.
These fixed fees are designed so that making a small claim with expert, professional legal advice is easily affordable. And, the simple breakdowns of these fixed legal fees also mean you know exactly what you will need to pay, and when.
On top of that, if any extra work beyond the scope of those fixed fees, you’ll be told in advance. So, there will be no extra hidden charges.
You should also bear in mind that your solicitor can add value to the claim by advising you that you are entitled to claim for things you weren’t aware of. In this way you will often find that your solicitor has added more into the claim in the way of additional damages than you have had to pay them in costs. As such, it is common to find that your solicitor has, in effect paid for themselves.