Small Claims Court Lawyers

We know the prospect of paying legal fees is off-putting, so our civil litigation team have fixed our fees for small claim cases, meaning we don’t charge by the hour. And you don’t even have to instruct us for the whole case – just use us for the parts where you feel in need of help and limit your costs accordingly.

To speak to our team of small claims court solicitors, contact our Leeds, York or Sheffield-based offices by calling 0333 323 5292, or by complete the enquiry form and we will be in touch at our earliest convenience.

Small Claims Court Explained

The small claims court is essentially a simplified court procedure that is designed to resolve smaller cases in an easy and efficient manner. For a case to be eligible for the small claims court, the financial value of the claim in question cannot be more than £10,000.

Typically, the small claims court is there to resolve low-scale disputes between people, organisations or both. Some of the issues that can be resolved in a small claims court include:

  • Low value/straightforward disputes between private landlords and tenants
  • Unpaid bills, fines, loans or debts
  • Mis-sold goods
  • A refusal to fulfil a warranty (e.g. in respect of a vehicle, or household goods)
  • Contractual disputes
  • Housing disrepair

The Team

If you have a small claims dispute,  Lupton Fawcett can offer a menu of fixed-cost services designed to help you navigate your way through the system, and give you the best chance of getting justice.

We act for both claimants and defendants on a wide range of cases, whether they are businesses or individuals. For more information on our small claims court services and their fixed fees, view our costs sheet here.

Contact Us Today

Contact any of our offices in Leeds, York or Sheffield to speak to a member of the team using the contact details on the form.

Why Choose Lupton Fawcett?

Having advised and supported many local families, individuals and businesses, we are proud to offer clients a dedicated service from specialist solicitors who are experts in their field:

We're Award Winning

We were awarded the Legal 500 HR/Employment Law team of the year in 2017

We're Connected

We're connected to the people, businesses and infrastructure throughout Yorkshire

We Put You First

You can be sure to expect superb client service from us. Our clients are our priority

We're accredited

Recognised by leading Legal Directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500

Frequently Asked Questions

What claims cannot be brought into the small claims court?

Claims which are not permitted to be resolved through the small claims court include:

  • Claims against the government
  • Personal injury compensation
  • Claiming a deposit back from your landlord
  • Claims that are worth more than £10,000 in value

How do I start a claim?

To open a claim in the small claims court, you will need to file a claim form, which can be submitted on the money claims online website or via post to the court. When submitting your form, you will be required to pay a court fee. The cost of this will be dependent upon the amount that you are claiming.

A defence has been filed against my claim. What should I do?

If a defence has been filed against your claim, the court will send you a copy of the defence to ensure you are fully informed. The court will then ask you to complete an allocation questionnaire, which will provide more details about the claim. At this point, we would strongly recommend seeking legal representation in order to ensure you have the best possible chance of winning your claim.

I am being sued in the small claims court. What should I do?

You must file an acknowledgement of service within 14 days, and a defence within 28 days, of receiving the claim. If you don’t, default judgment may be made against you. You should contact us as soon as you receive the claim, ideally before that if you’ve received a letter threatening court action.

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