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Costs in Small Claims Court

Costs in Small Claims Court

Postby Spankymonkey » Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:29 am

It is generally accepted that costs - short of court fees - will not be awarded to the winning side in a small claims court, as long as you have not behaved unreasonably. However there is quite a lot of conflicting advice regarding this on certain government sites and the CPR. It appears that the winning side can ask for legal costs capped at a certain limit of approx £80. But they can also ask for travel expenses, days off work, overnight stay and witness expenses, with no cap whatsoever. Is this correct and is there a cap on such expenses?
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Re: Costs in Small Claims Court

Postby iobject » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:48 am

I think that the answer lies in CPR 27.14.

Apart from the court fees, you may also claim fixed costs under Part 45, reasonable costs of travel to attend the hearing, and capped expert fees.
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Re: Costs in Small Claims Court

Postby atticus » Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:18 am

See also para 7 of Practice Direction 27, which specifies a number of maximum amounts.
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