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* (subject to terms and conditions), 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

  • Initial interview, review instructions and advise on merits of claim.
  • Confirm acceptance of the case under the fixed fee scheme, preparation of engagement letter.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls. 

Stage 2 – Initiating the claim

  • Prepare pre-action protocol letter before action.
  • Deal with and advise upon any response.
  • Draft court claim form and particulars of claim and issue court proceedings.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Stage 3 - Defence

  • Dealing with court transfer, if appropriate.
  • Advising you on the merits of the defence and the evidence needed.
  • If necessary, drafting a reply and/or defence to counterclaim or drafting defence.
  • Completion and submission of the court directions questionnaire.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Stage 4 - Settlement

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

Stage 5 – Trial preparation

  • Prepare evidence for small claims trial, including as appropriate,
  • preparation of document bundle,
  • drafting witness statements,
  • commissioning expert’s report, if necessary (for which the expert will charge you a separate fee).
  • Filing evidence with the court and serving upon defendant.
  • All necessary negotiations for settlement.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls. 

Stage 6 - Trial

  • Preparation for trial, including,
  • preparation of bundles for hearing,
  • drafting case summary
  • drafting costs schedules.
  • Liaising with witnesses.
  • Preparing instructions to a barrister to represent you at the trial or preparation to represent you at the trial ourselves.
  • Reporting the outcome.
  • All necessary negotiations towards settlement.
  • All necessary correspondence and telephone calls.

Fixed Fees - according to claim value

Up to £5,000£5,000 to £10,000
Stage 1 - £150Stage 1 - £250
Stage 2 - £150Stage 2 - £250
Stage 3 - £225Stage 3 - £350
Stage 4 - £225Stage 4 - £600
Stage 5 - £175Stage 5 - £400
Stage 6 - £175 for up to a 2 hour trial, £250 for a 2 to 3 hour trial.  For trials over 3 hours, and for additional or adjourned hearings, a fee will have to be negotiated separately


*Terms and Conditions

  • The case is accepted as suitable for the fixed fee scheme by Wilkin Chapman LLP;
  • There will be no more than two witnesses;
  • Court fees are not included and will be payable in addition;
  • VAT is payable on the fee rates shown above

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