You can make a claim to the small claims court for up to £10,000 in England and Wales and £3,000 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Small claims courts allow certain types of claims to be decided informally by court, usually without the need for a solicitor or barrister. Not all claims result in a court hearing and you can make a money claim online.
England and Wales
You should always try to resolve the problem before it goes to court, but if this proves impossible and you wish to make a claim you will be referred to a mediation service. You will usually have to pay a court fee, and may not win your case or get any monies owed.
The judge can decide that a case cannot be heard as a small claim if it is too complex. If your claim is above the small claims track limit, or a judge decides that you cannot use the small claims court, you will have to use the full county court.
If you are considering making a claim for breach of contract, consumer problems or monies outstanding under the small claims procedure, or are defending a claim, please see the guidance at Gov.uk.
There is a different process for court claims in Scotland please use the search term 'small claims' on the home page of the Scottish Court Service (SCS) website.
To make a claim in Northern Ireland, please see the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service.