After you make your claim
Your claim, including your name and address, will be sent to the person or business owing you money (the ‘defendant’).
They must respond to your claim. You’ll be sent a letter or email telling you the date they need to respond by.
What to do if you get paid
Tell the defendant when you’ve received their payment.
How you do this depends on how you made the claim.
If you claimed online
You can update your claim:
- online using the Money Claims Service - if your claim is for £10,000 or less
- online using the Money Claim Online service - if your claim is between £10,000 and £100,000
- by calling or emailing - the contact details you use depend on how much money you’re claiming
If your claim is for £10,000 or less, contact Civil Money Claims.
Civil Money Claims
Telephone: 0300 123 7050
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
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If your claim is for between £10,000 and £100,000, contact Money Claim Online.
If you used a paper claim form
Contact the court where you sent your claim.
If you get no response or the defendant refuses to pay what they owe
You can ask the court to order the defendant to pay. You need to:
- request a judgment if you made your claim online
- use request for judgment form N225 if you claimed a fixed (‘specified’) amount using a claim form
- use request for judgment form N227 if you claimed an unspecified amount using a claim form
If you disagree with the response
You might have to go to a court hearing if:
- the defendant says they do not owe you any money
- they disagree with the amount you’ve claimed
- you do not agree with how they’ve offered to repay you
The court may send you a questionnaire asking for more information on the case.
Fill in the questionnaire and return it to the court. You’ll have to pay an extra court fee.
You may be offered mediation after you’ve made a claim. This is often quicker than going to court.
If both sides agree to mediation, a mediator from HM Courts and Tribunal Service will speak to each party separately by phone to help you to explore options, negotiate and agree a settlement.
This service is free.
The judge might not award you costs if they think you’ve made no effort to agree out of court.