Claim form—the contents
Claim form—the contents

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Claim form—the contents
  • What is a claim form?
  • Which claim form?
  • I have used the wrong claim form—what can I do?
  • Contents of the claim form
  • Concise statement of the nature of the claim
  • I do not have the full details of the address, including the postcode—what can I do?
  • Disclosure of the contents of a claim form
  • Claims commenced in accordance with the shorter and flexible trials schemes
  • Media and communication claims
  • More...

Claim form—the contents

This Practice Note considers the current position and provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

This Practice Note deals with the contents of a claim form in a Part 7 claim. For Part 8 claims, see Practice Note: CPR Part 8 claims (alternative procedure for claims).

What is a claim form?

A claim form is the document used to start proceedings and contains information relevant to the proceedings including the court reference number to be used on all subsequent court documents, the parties to the proceedings, what is being claimed, particulars of the claim including any claim for interest and contact details for the claimant, generally the claimant's solicitor. The section on the claim form dealing with the particulars of the claim can either:

  1. set out the particulars if dealing with a simple claim or if the claim is proceeding in the Capped Costs List (see Practice Note: Business and Property Courts—Capped Costs List pilot scheme), or

  2. reference the fact the particulars will follow in a separate document (CPR 16.2(2)). This tends to be used for more complicated claims as it can be served after the issue of the claim form. For more information, see Practice

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