When issuing a civil action or defending one, the action often includes a number of steps unless of course the matter is settled out of court by mutual agreement:
The steps are as follows but are not an exhaustive list
1. Pre-commencement of proceedings.
At this stage of the process we will analyse what you are trying to achieve. We will advise you on the route we consider will lead to the most cost efficient solution for your particular circumstances. The issue of proceedings should be considered as a last resort.
2. Commencement of the action.
We will draft all the relevant papers and we will be responsible for lodging them at a County Court or High Court on your behalf.
3. Interim Matters.
Once the matter has been issued at court it is usual for a strict timetable of events to be given. This timetable has to be adhered to and we will assist you to make sure the necessary steps are taken. We will advise you on the best approach going forward with the case.
If the matter has still not been resolved the parties must then prepare for trial. We help you get ready for the trial, and we will be responsible for organising your representation at court and we will also advise you of any costs incurred as a consequence of going to trial. The general rule is the loser pays the winner’s costs. However, this is not always the case.
A party who is successful at trial will often be awarded damages and/or costs. We can help you assess the most appropriate methods available to enforce the judgment and take the necessary steps involved in resolving the matter in your favour.