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SMALL CLAIMS GUIDES - £5.00 each - FOR INDIVIDUAL GUIDES SCROLL DOWN
I have prepared several guides to help people and small businesses operating in England and Wales* to run their own claims at very low cost. My guides are all listed below. There are other guides available for free on the web, but most that are currently available for free are generalised guides to the entire small claims process.
All of my guides are SPECIALISED GUIDES relating to SPECIFIC AREAS OF THE PROCESS- SPECIFICALLY THE AREAS WHERE YOU ARE MOST AT RISK - PREPARING FOR AND STARTING YOUR CLAIM.
My guides go into detail in these specific areas because it is at this point that you have the greatest chance of affecting the outcome of your case.
I have also prepared a guide for drafting your Witness Statement correctly as, although exchange of statements comes some way down the process, the Witness Statement, when prepared properly, CAN CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF THE CASE. I have seen this happen numerous times in my years as a litigator.
My guides therefore focus on the areas of your case where you can make a difference.
SMALL CLAIM GUIDE PACK - ALL 5 GUIDES FOR THE PRICE OF 4 - £20 CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
INDIVIDUAL SMALL CLAIMS GUIDES
In order to succeed at trial, it is critical that your case is prepared properly. This means that you have identified the correct defendant, you have the evidence to prove that they were responsible for your loss, and the law is behind you. I have been asked to assist in numerous cases where this groundwork was not done correctly before clients issued proceedings, with the result that they incurred unnecessary fees correcting their errors after issue. This guide covers everything you need to know in order to prepare a straight forward small claim for court action, while avoiding the traps many people and businesses encounter when running their own cases, and it will also help you maximise your prospects of success. Note that this guide covers only the work needed up to the point of drafting your Claim Form. In order to ensure that you draft your Claim Form correctly, see my guide on "The Claim Form - Getting it Right".
This guide follows on where the Pre-Claim Preparation Guide leaves off, and is a detailed guide to completing your Claim Form and Particulars of Claim ("POC") correctly. It is crucial to get your Claim Form and POC right first time. It is very easy for first time litigators to make mistakes at this stage, and it can be very costly having to amend the documents after a Defence has been received. It is also not uncommon for Claims to be struck out because of errors made at this stage. What many people do not appreciate is that, if you do not include all of the arguments relevant to your case in the Claim Form and POC, you cannot later raise them at trial, meaning that, even if you win, you may not achieve the result that you intended. By the time you get to that stage and realise your error, it will be too late. This guide will help you avoid the pitfalls often encountered by those new to litigation, and will also help to ensure that your claim is argued correctly at the start of your case.
Most people are not aware that in a defective vehicle claim against a motor trader, the consumer starts off at a substantial disadvantage. This guide explains why that is the case, and how to redress that imbalance and prepare the evidence you need to win your case against a motor trader. This guide is written for defective vehicle claims, but can be utilised for any consumer purchase from a trader of defective equipment: ie: cars, motorbikes, bicycles, caravans, boats, computers, garden or DIY machine tools or other consumer equipment.
For detailed guidance on the acquisition and use of expert evidence in other situations, not involving motor vehicles, see the "Defective Vehicle Guide". This guide can also be used for other situations where expert evidence is required, not just those involving defective vehicles.
An important step in any litigated claim is the completion and return of your DIRECTIONS QUESTIONNAIRE. The information you give in this form will determine the path of your case through the court. If you get this wrong, your case may not be allocated to the Small Claims Track, and you may be at risk of paying your opponent's legal fees if you lose.
Witness statements are a compulsory requirement in almost all litigated claims, including Small Claims. Many people do not realise that they are also your "sales pitch" to the Judge, and that this one document can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. This guide shows you how to prepare your witness statement properly in order to maximise your prospects of success, and includes a draft statement into which you simply type your text for a court compliant document.
SMALL CLAIMS GUIDE PACK - ONLY £20
This pack contains all of the guides listed on this page. While my guides are not intended to replace legal advice, they are designed for low value claims where the cost of legal advice may be disproportionate to the value of your claim. Together, the guides in this pack should help you to properly prepare and run your case to trial.
This pack also contains a FREE guide to the DEBT PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL. This will help businesses to write a Letter of Claim which complies with the Protocol. This is necessary only for business claims against consumers.
*Separate law applies in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and these guides are not designed to cover disputes arising in those jurisdictions, unless either 1) the contract between the parties is governed by English/Welsh law, or 2) in the case of breach of statutory or common law duty, at least one of the parties to the dispute and the location where the dispute arose are in England or Wales. If in doubt, please email me and I will let you know whether they apply to your situation or not.
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