The Small Claims process is now increasingly important in terms of debt recovery and disputes.
Our Small Claims service is unique to QualitySolicitors firms. The service is a cost effective way to resolve many different types of disputes.
From £99 meet with one our civil litigation team for 45 minutes to get the process started. You can use the time to get clear advice on your rights and get advice on how the law applies to your particular problem. You may also wish to use the time to draft a letter to start the process of resolving your dispute.
You can discuss tactics and get help with your next steps. Where your best next step is help reaching an agreement through mediation, we offer a one-stop service that can help you settle your dispute with mediation.
Practical help to sort out your dispute:
To learn more about the law, your rights and writing an effective complaint letter for your dispute - click on the link below that applies to your situation.
Confused and just want help getting started? Call us on 020 3553 2429 to arrange 10 minutes of Free Initial Assessment to get you started.
Go into more detail about your rights in your particular circumstances.
Help you value the dispute and guide you on evidence you’ll need.
We can help you write an effective complaint letter and with your next steps.
Cost: £49 or £99
Send a complaint letter – that gives a clear description of why you are unhappy. Click for examples.
Be clear about what remedy you think would be fair (including payment of your losses and expenses).
End with what will happen if they do not reply.
Sometimes all that is needed is a well worded letter.
Cost: Your time
Mediation can be the best next step – if the other side ignores your complaint letter or rejects it or makes an offer that you do not think is fair or reasonable.
If you agree to try this we will pass your details to Small Claims Mediation (an independent company)
You will be asked for a £20 Admin fee for them to contact you and the other side to set up the mediation.
Then pay a balance of £99 for up to 2 hours of mediation to help you reach an agreement.
Small Claims Court
If you cannot agree, the only option left is to use the small claims court. Complete the Claim Form & pay the court fee. Send it to court.
If they respond, it can take over 6 months but the court will encourage you both to negotiate an agreement. If not possible the court will arrange a hearing.
At the hearing, the judge will give you and your opponent a fair chance to explain your position.
The judge will assess who is in the wrong and what remedy is fair in the circumstances.
Court fees typically £160
Remedy or compensation
Whether your dispute settled at step 3, 4 or 5, the outcome should be recorded in writing.
Where you successfully bring a claim, then the final stage is that you should receive the agreed money or the remedy applicable to your dispute (such as repairs or that your opponent stops doing the thing you complained of).
If your opponent does not do as agreed or is ordered by the court, you will need to use the court to enforce the agreement or judgment.
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