Any claim brought in the County Court is allocated to one of three tracks; the small claims track, the fast track or the multi-track.
The small claims track is the normal track for any claim which has a financial value of not more than £5,000. However, if the issues to be determined at a hearing are complex (i.e. may require more than ½ a day of court time to be resolved) the claim may be allocated to either the fast-track or the multi-track.
Fast-track claims are normally between £5,000 and £25,000 in value whereas multi-track claims are normally valued at in excess of £25,000.
In some circumstances we are able to offer our clients no-win, no-fee type Conditional Fee Arrangements. We would be happy to discuss this with you should this be applicable to your particular case.
Typically Conditional Fee Arrangements are backed-up by an "after the event" insurance product for which a premium is usually payable.
Unfortunately, while recent years have noted significant improvements, claims can still take some time to reach Court.
The actual length of time a dispute takes to reach Court can vary and will depend upon the issues which need to be determined, the track to which the claim is allocated (see above) and whether expert evidence is required to assist the Court. However, in each case we will seek to resolve your dispute at the earliest possible opportunity and at least possible cost to you, and it may be that alternative dispute resolution methods will mean that your case does not have to go to Court in order to be resolved.