Tricia Pearl is to be congratulated on this her 5th edition... should be used by in house legal teams, and should be made available at all libraries and CAB offices and should be compulsary reading for all County Court staff, trainee Solicitors and pupil barristers... Even in these times of cuts, money should be found for there to be one copy in each County Court to be lent out when procedural queries are raised...It should be included by all Judges in their library allocation. It is that good. --Law Bulletin
This is not only a book that is going to be useful to you if you are suing your bank through The Consumer Action Group. This is going to be invaluable to you in any aspect at all where you attempt to Reclaim the Right. This book is much larger that I would normally have expected to be recommending for the lay person seeking to bring their own action in the County Court without professional legal help. At 300 pages I would normally have expected something far more technical and less successful than Patricia Pearl's book. However this book is beautifully laid out informative, explanatory, full of detailed tables, check lists, cross references, sample forms and many many reminders as to the basic principles of each particular stage that Patricia Pearl happens to be dealing with at that particular point. As can be expected the book deals with all aspects of bringing a case to court from the preliminary steps of attempting to negotiate, attempting to achieve an out of court settlement before the action starts, letters before action, drafting the claim and there are helpful forms included in the book where the steps to be taken are outlined on the forms themselves. Patricia Pearl goes through the business of filling out a claim form from dealing with the identity of the claimant and the defendant all the way through to dealing with the value of the claim with the amount claimed, calculating the court fee and of course this knotty problem that we all have of what interest to apply to the claim. She then talks about the defence and of course the allocation questionnaire. The book goes on to talk about costs in the Small Claims Court and a very good chapter on the hearing itself, lots of information about what is expected of you and how to conduct it. Finally Patricia Pearl deals with the whole question of applications to set aside judgement which is something we are finding more and more on the Forum as the banks are receiving judgements against them. She then goes on to discuss the process of enforcing the judgement.. In the last chapter or so of the book Patricia Pearl deals with drafting of various documents including drafting letters before action and includes samples, she deals with other correspondence gives examples of advice on drafting claims, defences, counter claims, admissions -- and once again deals with the calculations of statutory interest. Eventually a number of appendices deal with various issues including court fees, costs and appendix 5 contains a very useful selection of sample forms. It is difficult to see how any particular aspect of small claims process has been not dealt with in this book. Any litigant in person who uses this book as his guide will find that he has very few questions to ask at the end. At £17.10 this is not a cheap book but on the other hand no law books are cheap. This book has the advantage of qualifying for free delivery under the Amazon rules. I have been looking at quite a number of much smaller guides that I first imagined would be more far more suitable for the users of The Consumer Action Group forum but in fact when I compare them to this book by Patricia Pearl I find that they are really very scant in the amount of information that they give and they are still as much as half of the price of Patricia Pearl's book but probably less than a quarter of the value. This book demystifies the Small Claims process and is wholeheartedly recommended for anyone who wants to feel in control of their litigation. (Review of the previous edition) --The Consumer Action Group
About the Author
Patricia Pearl is a former solicitor and full-time judge. Now a Circuit Judge, she previously worked as a District Judge, dealing with small claims cases on a daily basis for over eight years. Andrew Goodman is a barrister practising in professional indemnity, disciplinary and regulatory claims and in commercial, property and administrative law. He writes and lectures extensively on a range of subjects and is a Bar Council mediation advocacy trainer.