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RTA Litigation Overview Training

RTA Litigation Process


Road Traffic Accident (RTA) litigation is no longer the preserve of qualified lawyers. Those who work in this sector include non-legally-qualified personnel such as claims handlers, paralegals, litigation executives and apprentices. It's therefore business-critical that everyone working in this field understands the litigation process.

This course provides an overview of RTA litigation (small claims and fast track), from the pre-action checks, to what happens at trial, and everything in between.


Delegates will learn the terminology and litigation procedure that they need to get to grips with in order to do their job properly. Our tutors will explain the importance of complying with Directions and the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), as well as what can happen if you don't follow them.

As a result of attending this course delegates will:

  • Understand the legal terminology used in RTA litigation
  • Know where to find the rules governing Small Claims and Fast Track cases
  • Identify the difference between a Small Claim and a Fast Track case
  • Know how the motor claims litigation process works
  • Understand the key elements when drafting court documents
  • Understand the importance of complying with time limits
  • Be aware of the pitfalls of not complying with Directions and the CPR
  • Know what to expect at trial and the role they play
RTA litigation overview at the courts of justice

Course Content

The course is based on one case study. Delegates will be guided through the different stages of the litigation procedure using realistic court documents. At each stage, they will learn what to include in documents and what to look out for.

Our course covers:

  • Pre-action protocols and checks
  • Issuing the claim
    • The CPR
    • The Claim Form
    • Particulars of Claim and Particulars of Negligence
    • Notice of Issue
    • Acknowledgement of service
    • Defence
  • Small Claims Track
    • Standard directions
    • Preparing for the hearing
    • The Small Claims Hearing
  • Fast Track
    • Completing the Directions Questionnaire
    • Drafting directions
    • Complying with Directions
    • Preparing for trial
    • A Fast Track Trial

3 hours


Lawyers, claim handlers, paralegals, apprentices and litigation executives.


Peter Kinch
Jody Jezusek

To find out more about our Road Traffic Accidents Overview Training, or how our RTA Training Programme can help your claims or litigation team.

Please contact Linda Moran on 0114 273 8300 or email