Yes the offer to settle is without prejudice.
my claim is that I paid for treatment that I did not have to pay for, on the understanding that I would be reimbursed. However, when I made a claim for reimbursement, the defendant changed his story and said that my treatment was private. I have evidence against him proving my case which is why I believe they want to settle. I started the small claims to get my money back after many unsuccessful attempts at reaching an agreement with him.
So the letter states that the defendants' solicitors are looking for a resolution to this matter. A second letter says that they are agreeable to settling the claim.
They have requested extra time to prepare a defence, which is not a problem. The part I don't understand is that they have requested an order for "costs in the case." How does this impact the settlement? Will I be liable to paying anything?
I hope that clarifies things a bit more. Any help is much appreciated.