‘A Practical Guide to the Small Claims Track – 2nd Edition’ by Dominic Bright


Paperback: 978-1-913715-62-5
Published: December 2020
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“… learned, practical, readable and useable. … essential reading not only for litigants in person, but for all practitioners who handle small claims … the judges of the county court (whether salaried or fee-paid) would benefit considerably by reading this book and keeping it by their side … an excellent book.”

Foreword to the second edition by His Honour Judge Dight CBE
Senior Chancery Circuit Judge
Resident & Designated Civil Judge Central London and Mayor’s & City of London Courts
Lead Diversity and Community Relations Judge

“A comprehensive and practical guide to the Small Claims Track. Dominic Bright has set out a clear and extensive guide which will be invaluable to all practitioners who deal with Small Claims; as well as those in the voluntary sector, who assist Litigants in Person.”

– District Judge & Recorder Pollard
South Eastern Circuit

“The second edition of A Practical Guide to the Small Claims Track continues to be essential reading for all those involved in conducting small claims. Written in a clear, accessible style, Dominic Bright’s detailed yet concise guide sheds light on all aspects of the small claims procedure. With up-to-date information on changes in practice precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, this book is an invaluable resource particularly for litigants in person and those who are unfamiliar with the court process.”

– District Judge Dias
South Eastern Circuit

“In this book, Dominic Bright has managed to produce a detailed and comprehensive guide to dealing with all aspects of a case in the small claims track which is both easy to understand and to navigate. Although small claims cases are normally for less than £10,000, the amounts claimed and in dispute can still be life changing for parties. The book will assist practitioners and litigants in person in preparing and presenting cases in the best and most effective way.”

– District Judge James Britton
Western Circuit

“Mr Bright has written a thorough, detailed yet easy to follow guide to all using the small claims procedure in the County Court. It will be an invaluable aide to litigants in person, practitioners and the newly appointed District Judge, and I cannot commend it highly enough.”

– District Judge Bishop
South Eastern Circuit


Dominic is a barrister at Lamb Chambers, registered civil and commercial mediator at Resolved Online, and former judicial assistant to Sir Brian Leveson, then President of the Queen’s Bench Division.

His recent articles include: ‘COVID-19, International Commercial Contracts & “Breathing Space”: Further Encouraging ADR; Developing Common Law Doctrines; & An Implied Term of Good Faith’; ‘UK Autonomous Sanctions System: Substantial Increase in the Costs of Compliance’; and ‘Climate Change & the Judiciary: Europe; the United States; & the Indian Subcontinent’.

He is a member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Chatham House, Civil Mediation Council, Commercial Bar Association, Property Bar Association, and Technology and Construction Bar Association.


“Dominic Bright has balanced a thorough, careful review of the Small Claims Track procedure with a helpful analysis of the most common areas of law the County Court sees. The wealth of sensible, practical advice for those coming to court helps further set this book apart.”

– District Judge Cridge
South Eastern Circuit

“… it has the potential to be a genuine game-changer in the pro bono sector … Despite its small size, [it] takes in everything from the pre-action stage right the way through to costs and appeals. … It seems inevitable that [it] will quickly become the go-to small claims book for practitioner volunteers (and junior practitioners generally), especially those unfamiliar with handling claims allocated to the small claims track, as well as an indispensable self-help guide to LiPs.”

– Richard Pitkethly
in-house counsel and head of learning & practice at LawWorks
‘A pro bono game-changer’ in the Law Society Gazette
Five Stars

“Barrister Dominic Bright comes from Lamb Chambers and he has written a masterful account of what to do when you are faced with dealing with a small claim.” 

– Phillip Taylor MBE
Reviews Editor of The Barrister
Five Stars