Courses for lawyers

RTA Litigation overview


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 only), 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 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 litigation process works in small claims and fast track cases
  • 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


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

The course covers:

  • Pre-action 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 hearing
  • Fast track
    • Completing the Directions Questionnaire
    • Drafting directions
    • Complying with Directions
    • Preparing for trial
    • Trial

3 hours


Paralegals, apprentices, litigation executives.


Peter Kinch
Jody Jezusek

To discuss how we can help call Linda Moran on 0114 273 8300.