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7. DIY Litigation

7.1 Once you know the procedures, it may not be worth using a solicitor for claims in the small claims track (ie up to £10,000).

  • Suing on a cheque, cancelled direct debit or unpaid bills is inexpensive and quick.
  • Outgoings are limited to court fees, witness fees and expenses, and your time.

7.2 Always get legal advice for cases involving substantial amounts or where the law or facts are complicated or disputed.

  • Property law (eg disputes between landlord and tenant) is complicated. Use a lawyer, even if you handle some of the preliminaries yourself.
  • You may need legal advice if you are at risk of a counterclaim.
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