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It makes no difference to you.
This is because if it is a small claim legal costs are limited.
If they have sought legal advice then in very rare circumstances a Judge can award them SOME legal fees.
These are limited to £260 for a small claim
But that is it.
If you read the Practice Direction of the Civil Procedure Rules at Part 27
But usually this is only awarded where an injunction is granted.
So usually then no - there are NO costs payable.
That is the whole point of a small claim
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Many thanks Alex. One small clarification if I may - The Defendant has the Collective Conditional Fee Agreement and it is apparently dated prior to the 2013 law changes. Does this affect the £260 limit? Many thanks
Its been a rule for years regarding no legal fees recoverable.
The only way they could claim costs is by saying to the Judge and convincing them you have behaved unreasonably.
But in my view is this quite a proper claim
Can I clarify anything?
Many thanks for your help Alex that's great. £260 I can handle - I was just afraid they could throw some huge bill at me in excess of the value of the car - let alone the claim! Positive feedback headed your way :-)
Its unlikely they would get £260 because it is not that type of claim
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