First of all you need to establish whether you have the case in law. See How do you research the law. Just because a case is sound in law, doesn’t mean it is worth pursuing. Luca Badioli, a debt adviser at Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice Bureau and chair of West Sussex Money Advice Group, advises prospective litigants-in-person to ask four questions before embarking on action: ‘Do I have a good chance of winning? If I win, can the other party pay? Is this worth my time and money? Have I done everything to try to avoid proceedings?’

If it is a money claim, check the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines and insolvency register to see if the other party can pay; if they a limited company, look at their accounts at Companies House.

Author: Jon Robins

Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon’s books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council’s journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year’s Criminal Justice Alliance’s journalism award

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