Dealing with any dispute is stressful and worrying. We do not want the legal process and the wording we use to make the situation worse so we strive to keep legal jargon to a minimum. We appreciate you will come across terms you may not understand so we have tried to explain these as clearly as possible in the definitions below, so that you fully understand the process you are going through.
If you need further explanation then please do contact us.
The rules that govern how civil claims are to be conducted. They are supplemented by practice directions.
The document used to commence a claim in either the High Court or County Court. It must be supported by a Particulars of Claim.
The party who starts a claim against a Defendant.
Money paid to make up for damage or loss caused by the Defendant’s actions. In a medical negligence claim, the principal purpose is to put the Claimant back into the position he/she would have been in if the injury had not happened.
Otherwise known as a “no win-no fee” (link to page) agreement. A formal written agreement between a solicitor and client meaning that the solicitors’ costs are not payable if the client does not win the case. Medical negligence claims are predominantly funded in this way.
As per case management conference except the parties are required to file a cost budget which outlines the expected costs incurred in the litigation; this is generally required on more complex or valuable cases.
The legal costs charged by your solicitor and/or barrister for working on your behalf in relation to the claim together with any expenses in relation to this (see also Disbursements).
Another term for a barrister.
Where the Defendant brings a claim against the Claimant (usually when filing their Defence).
The process where the other side’s barrister or solicitor seeks to challenge your evidence by asking you questions in court.