Another question. The case I am bringing is almost identical to another claimant's case that was decided in favour of the claimant recently. Same beach of contract, same defendant. I have seen all the case details of the other claimant as she is known to me. Can I use that case as a precedent to put to the Judge? ( same Judge in both cases) or is precedent only applicable if it has been set in the court of appeal ?
Cases that are cited as precedent are cases which state legal principles.
Your case will be likely to be decided on its facts, and a similar case decided against the same defendant may be of little evidential value; indeed it is quite possible that the judge will not allow it in evidence.
That said, you can use it as background knowledge, to help you with your approach to the case. But bear in mind that the defendant may have learned from what he perceives as mistakes made in that previous case.
A precedent is a case from a court of record which asserts a point of law. It is the point of law which is binding. A county court is not, in this sense, a court of record, and any point of law set out by a county court judge is not binding on any other judge.
Earlier cases are unlikely to be at all relevant. Who is to say that the such cases were not pleaded, or argued or presented very differently and on differing facts.
You are asking the judge to decide your case not anyone else's. You may take confidence from such earlier wins. Speak to the earlier victors if you can.