Is your claim over £10,000? If so it will involve procedures that are not straightforward and could lead to a formal trial. Even if you feel confident enough to present your case before a Judge, HM Courts & Tribunal Service recommend using a solicitor with the work needed before trial.
Fast Track final hearings are usually for less than a day. The typical timetable and directions are:
Once the pre-trial checklists have been filed the judge may:
All documents relevant to the dispute, including those that support your case, those that undermine your case and those that support the other sides case. If you fail to disclose a document, you will not be allowed to rely upon it at the final hearing.
A non-exhaustive list of the type of documents that the judge is likely to want to see are:
It is important that any statements provided by witnesses of fact are detailed and comprehensive. They will only be able to give evidence on what they have in their statement. They will not be able to talk about anything new or additional. There are also rules about how a witness statement should be set out and have within it. They will need to describe:
Instructing Mercian Law to assist with preparing your case for final hearing will ensure your witness statements are as comprehensive as possible to support your claim.