Small Claims Track Hearings are undertaken by our more experienced advocates. This reflects the relative complexity of such hearings and the need for a wide range of skills in order successfully to conduct them.
The cases which our advocates undertake involve road traffic accidents and the losses arising from them, including claims for credit hire.
The advocates are skilled at establishing a rapport with lay clients and communicating effectively with them. This facilitates the lay client being less intimidated by the prospect of giving evidence and ensures that they are able to do so effectively.
The bespoke training which our advocates receive means that they are adept at case analysis, fact management, witness handling and submissions. The lay client’s case is persuasively presented to maximise the prospects of success.
All advocates are well-versed in the unique costs provisions applicable to Small Claims Track Hearings.
Our advocates undertake infant settlement approval hearings as a routine part of their day-to-day practice. Whilst such hearings comprise a significant proportion of their work, our advocates never lose sight of the fact that each case is unique, presents its own challenges and is of great importance to both their professional and lay clients.
The training which all advocates receive ensures that they are fully-versed in all aspects of the relevant procedures applicable in such hearings, including the practice and investment mechanisms in operation at the Court Funds Office. The lay client is accordingly provided with a knowledgeable and personable service which helps them navigate through the process.
Our advocates receive instructions in a wide range of interlocutory hearings in both Fast Track and Multi Track cases, most commonly:
Applications to Come Off Record
Pre-Action Disclosure Applications
Applications to Set Aside Default Judgment
Fast Track Case Management Conferences
Such cases are allocated to advocates of appropriate experience depending upon their complexity.
All advocates who undertake interlocutory applications are thoroughly familiar with the relevant parts of the Civil Procedure Rules and are comfortable in dealing with the costs issues to which such applications often give rise.