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Hi there, the key now is to submit your claim in the courts before the deadline is up and to have that in place to protect your position so that you do not go beyond the deadline. You do not need a solicitor to issue the claim and once that is in you can decide how to manage the process and whether to get engage solicitors or continue alone or with informal help. So get your claim form submitted to the High Court in time as a priority. At this stage you will only have to pay the claim fee
What you can consider in the long run is getting a non-win-no-fee lawyer to help you. As an example have a look at this firm which offers such an arrangement for defamation claims:
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The form is N1:
You need to fill out the sections as required and in the top right hand corner Where it says ‘In the’ you should fill in High Court - Queens Bench Division.
You send the completed form to:
QB Issues and Enquiries
Royal Courts of Justice
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you can include numerous defendants if needed
It is rather difficult to calculate defamation damages - it would depend on the seriousness of the statements, how they affected you, the losses you have suffered, etc.
It would very difficult for me to give you an idea just with the basic information I have – that is where you need to sit down with someone in person, a defamation lawyer, to calculate the value of your claim.
The fees you pay to start the claim will depend on the value of the claim. If a claim is for between £10,000 and £200,000 then the claim fee is 5% of the total. If the claim is for more than £200,000 then the fee is £10,000
you do have to pay money up front to make a claim unfortunately. If the claim fails you do not get the money back - you can only get that back, or a proportion of it, if you withdraw the claim within a certain period after making it. But for example if you proceed to trial and lose you get nothing back. However, if you win you can make a claim for costs against the other side which can include the claim fee.
Also please be aware that I am not on this site 24/7 so there will be times when I am seeing clients, am in court, in meetings or travelling hence why a response will not always be immediate, thanks