|First Defensive Steps|
|Defending the Claim|
|Which Court Track?|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution|
4.1 Cases are allocated to a small claims track (claims of up to £10,000), a fast track (£10,001 to £25,000), or a multi-track (more than £25,000).
4.2 The small claims track and fast track both use standard, simplified procedures.
By contrast, the multi-track allows the court flexibility to use a variety of approaches, depending on the complexity of the case. Consequently, the costs of multi-track claims are generally significantly higher than costs on a fast-track claim.
4.3 Observe all the legal formalities to the letter, including any deadlines you are given.
4.4 If you are an individual (eg a sole trader), and the claim is for a specific amount, the case is transferred automatically from the claimant’s local court to your own.
Otherwise, the case is heard at the claimant’s local court — unless you make a successful application to transfer it to your local court. For more details, visit www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk.