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We regularly attract new clients who have been using firms in London, but now receive a more cost efficient and more personal service from us here in Bury St Edmunds.

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Tuesday
Mar052013

Beat the increase in small claims limit

In February 2013, the Government decided to increase the general small claims limit. The necessary amendment rules were published earlier this month and provide that with effect from 1 April 2013 the upper financial limit for a small claim would be raised from £5,000 to £10,000.

Currently cases between £5,000 and £10,000 are generally dealt with under fast track provisions in which costs awarded to the winner are payable by the loser. As no costs (save for very limited costs of issue) are recoverable in the small claims track, if you have a claim worth between £5,000 and £10,000 and wish to benefit from the current costs rules you will need to ensure proceedings are issued before the changes on 1 April. Given the need to comply with pre-action protocols and in particular to send a letter before action it would be necessary to act now.

As of late February it is not known what changes the Court Service intend to make towards a) Court fees and b) the amount of costs to be allowed on judgment. These may well be revised to take into account the changes coming into effect on 1 April.

Juliet has been a part of the Greene & Greene firm since joining in 1988. Dealing primarily with family matters and child related disputes, Juliet’s recent work includes dealing with divorce, cohabitation disputes and child cases following separation of parents.