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Hi everyone I just wanted a quick bit of advice. Blemain Finance issued a claim in 2012 and when the matter went to court and the judge was appalled that they were trying to gain possession of a property for such a small amount (1700) and refused to grant them possession. Instead the judge asked that I file a fully pleaded defence on or and that the claimant file and serve their reply. I filed the defence and in March 2013 I received a letter from the claimant's solicitors saying that they have been instructed to vacate the court proceedings. I called the court to find out why and they said because an agreement had been reached. No agreement between us has ever been reached. I have had a solicitor look over the loan agreement and she said that according to the terms therein, that I should pay £399.00 which I offered to them and they refused. I also received a letter from the court saying: "I can confirm that the court received a letter from the claimant requesting that they wish to withdraw all proceedings. This means that the case is now closed. Please note that you will have to seek legal advice if you are going to issue proceedings against the claimant". I received a further claim form for possession of property from Blemain Finance and I have to attend court soon. I now have to respond to this claim and wanted to know whether I could use the fact that they previously withdrew their case as part of my defence. I know from a previous post that Civil Procedure Rules 38.7 might come into effect. Could I possibly use this rule to help me in my defence also? I would really appreciate any advice you could give me.