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Good morning my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. What is the value of your total claim?
OK. The value of the claim is too low for proceedings to be commenced in the High Court unfortunately. You will have to start the claim in the County Court but you could do this online if you are claiming a fixed amount for your losses e.g. damage/loss of items.
Have you sent a letter of claim to the other parties?
The County Court has different limits for different claims - you may be thinking of a small claim. Under Practice Direction 7A Civil Procedure Rules the High Court will not accept claims worth less than £100,000 unless there is a claim for personal injury in which case the limit is £50,000. So if your claim is around £30,000 plus other unspecified damages, the High Court will not issue the claim and you will be referred to the County Court.
i would recommend that you issue your claim forthwith as the deadline has expired - you can start the claim online using the Ministry of Justice website : Money Claim Online.
Money claim online can be found here: https://www.moneyclaim.gov.uk/web/mcol/welcome
This is a breach of contract claim. I would recommend that you sue both organisations and name them as 1st and 2nd Defendants in your claim. They are in breach of an implied term of contract to exercise reasonable skill and care which is legal requirement under the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 - in any event they have clearly been negligent in moving your property and as a result of their negligence you have incurred losses. So long as you can demonstrate that the property was in good order before it was moved then you will have a claim against the company - from what you say thr property was lost/damaged in transit. I don't think you need to get bogged down in the law too much at this stage needless to say that when a professional company is paid to move your property there is an expectation that they will do so with care.
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There is no harm in removing your property but you must get a detailed inventory of all the items and preferably have a witness present when this is signed off. You must also keep a separate list of which items are damaged. This will remove the risk of any dispute arising later of which items are damaged as opposed to those which have been restored intact.
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