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I am considering issuing proceedings in the County Court

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I am considering issuing proceedings in the County Court for c £15,000. I believe it will be allocated to the Fast Track. I am concerned about what costs I may face if I lose - particularly legal costs on the other side. I suspect they will send a barrister. Are they capped or limited in any way?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

What type of claim is it please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is a claim for professional negligence. A registered and qualified accountant has set up a pension scheme using a loophole in pension regulations. A civil service pension has been transferred in and the money turned to dust in some sort of "penny shares".
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.

Ok - then yes there are NO upper limits on costs which can be claimed. Save for the rate for a Barrister is set by the CPR. If its £15k then a brief fee would be £1035 + VAT.

However costs are summarily assessed at the end of the hearing, the Judge will want to make sure that they are reasonably incurred and proportionate. But yes if you lose then you are liable to pay costs.

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No - that's as helpful as you can be. I'll check the figures and see if it can be a "small claim".Thanks
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.

£10,000 is a small claim.

I hope that helps.

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