Which Track?

When a civil claim is issued at Court it will be allocated to a track at an early stage. There are a number of factors that affect allocation. Below is a brief summary of each track. The financial limits will be altered from time to time.

Small Claims

  • Up to £10,000
  • Trial to last for less than a day
  • Limited legal costs recoverable
  • Expert evidence only with courts permission
  • Process designed for a non-legal person to navigate
  • Fee payable
  • Heard in the County Court by a District Judge
  • Standard directions apply
  • Can not claim for certain remedies
  • Informal Hearing

Fast Track

  • Between £10,000 and £25,000
  • Trial to last for no more than one day
  • Legal costs recoverable limited by value of the claim to a maximum of £1650
  • Only one expert evidence per party and expert evidence only in two fields.
  • Legal process more complex than small claims
  • Fee payable
  • Heard in a County Court
  • Standard directions, standard disclosure, Exchange of witness statements and joint expert
  • Can claim for all remedies
  • 1 day Trial

Multi Track

  • Above £25,000
  • Trial last for more than 1 day
  • Unlimited costs recoverable
  • Expert evidence required from more than two fields or one expert in particular field
  • Complex process legal representation is recommended
  • Fee payable
  • Heard in High Court or County Court
  • Tailored directions often given in a case management conference
  • Can claim for all remedies
  • Multi-day Hearing