Knowing The Score With Small Claims

The rules surounding making claims through the Small Claims court have varied over the last few years.  To encourage claimants to use their online service, the fees are cheaper than applying with a paper form.  For example if the claim is up to £300, they are £25 and £35 resp.  for say £5000 to £10,000 the fees are £410 and £455 resp.  Between 10,000 to £100,000 the fee is 5% of claim or 4.5% of claim – that can be a massive incentive to get online.  It is noted however that for claims above that you can only apply on paper form – for anything over £200,000 the fee is an eye watering £10,000.  There is an interesting point to note that you have to have a good idea of how much your claim is going to be worth before starting it as leaving the ‘amount claimed’ box blank, as so many had tried to do before, the fee is automatically £10,000.  Wooh.