Small Claims Fixed Fee Scheme

The financial limit for ‘small claims’ in the County Court increased on 1 April 2013 from £5,000 to £10,000. The most significant consequence of this increase is that the winner in a claim of up to £10,000 will not recover their legal fees from their opponent other than in exceptional circumstances.

Through our Small Claims Fixed Fee Scheme we can provide legal advice, for a fixed price tariff, allowing litigants to employ a solicitor without the risk of runaway costs.

Fixed Fees

We have broken the court process down into 6 stages with fixed prices for each. You can choose to engage us for some or all of these stages, at your choice.

Stage 1 – Pre-action

  • Review instructions and advise on merits of claim (whether Claimant or Defendant).
  • Confirm acceptance of the case under the fixed fee scheme, preparation of engagement letter.
  • Prepare Pre-Action Protocol letter before action and advise upon response.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Stage 2 – Initiating or defending the claim

  • If you are bringing the claim, draft court Claim Form and Particulars of Claim and issue court proceedings.
  • If you are defending the claim, draft Defence.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Stage 3 - Directions

  • Dealing with court transfer, if appropriate.
  • Advising you on the merits of the Claim Form and Particulars of Claim or Defence and the evidence needed.
  • If necessary, drafting a Reply and/or Defence to Counterclaim.
  • Completion and submission of the court Directions Questionnaire.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Stage 4 – Evidence preparation

  • Drafting witness statements.
  • Addressing disclosure of relevant documentation.
  • Commissioning expert’s report, if necessary (for which the expert will charge you a separate fee).
  • Filing evidence with the court and serving upon the other party.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Stage 5 – Trial (including preparation)

  • Preparation of bundles for hearing.
  • Liaising with witnesses.
  • Preparing instructions to a barrister or advocate* to represent you at the trial.
  • Reporting the outcome.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Settlement (during course of representation)

  • Preparing for and conducting small claims mediation.
  • Settlement negotiations.
  • Drafting and agreeing settlement order.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Fixed Fees - according to claim value

Up to £5,000£5,000 to £10,000
Stage 1 - £300Stage 1 - £400
Stage 2 - £500Stage 2 - £600
Stage 3 - £300Stage 3 - £400
Stage 4 - £500Stage 4 - £600
Stage 5 - £300*Stage 5 - £300*
Settlement - £200Settlement - £300

*Terms and Conditions
  • The case is accepted as suitable for the fixed fee scheme by Wilkin Chapman LLP;
  • Court fees will be payable in addition:
    • Issuing the court claim incurs a court fee of up to £410;
    • If the claim progressed to trial, a further court fee of up to £335 applies;
  • *The likely advocate’s fee at Stage 5 is £185-250 plus VAT for a hearing of up to two hours. This is subject to change which will be confirmed with you upon instruction of the advocate;
  • There will be no more than two witnesses;
  • VAT is payable on the fee rates shown above.

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