Claim form—the contents
Claim form—the contents

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

  • Claim form—the contents
  • What is a claim form?
  • Which claim form?
  • Contents of the claim form
  • Information about the parties
  • Statement of value
  • County Court claims—preferred hearing centre
  • Statements of truth
  • Business and Property Courts—the disclosure pilot scheme
  • Court specific guidance

Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day ie Friday 31 January 2020 has implications for practitioners when determining whether a claim form can be served on a European Lawyer as currently provided for in a number of provisions in Part 6. For guidance, see: Cross border considerations—checklist—Service—Brexit specific.

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