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I should have warned you by the way that if you send a letter like this with a threat like this then you must follow it through. Be aware that there will be a fee because you will have to make an application notice for summary judgement.

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I had a look at the fee structure, I think that will cost £255 if I am not mistaken. Looks as if it falls under general applications, couldn't find anything specific, so will have to assume it's £255

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Summary judgment is a high risk manoeuvre.

 

”We do not dispute liability, but need the court to rule on quantum (and / or contributory negligence)” will scupper a request for summary judgement and leave you liable for the application costs (yours AND THEIRS)
 

I’m not saying they’ll try for contributory negligence, but if they might claim either : summary judgment is a high hurdle to clear.

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I wasn't aware of this. Please could you post a link to a source – and also County Court rules which suggest that it then is excluded from the usual cost rules for small claims


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You would think they wouldn't try and defend all of the claim then but only part of it. 

However, strangely enough they intend to defend all of the claim, despite admitting liability.

 

(This is in response to bazzaS) 

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Why is it excluded from the costs rules for small claims track of the county court?

Might there be a personal injury component?

Has it been allocated to a track?

 

If not allocated, you can’t insist on the small claims track rules......

 

As for “defend all” ; what is the downside to THEM of doing so AT THIS STAGE : they can always settle later.

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I personally think they just did this to buy themselves more time and to avoid a default judgement against their client, but I have no way of knowing what they are thinking.

It's Direct Lines Legal Team at Plexus Law in Birmingham, they may not even be aware that their Claims Department has admitted liability.

I would think they haven't even looked at all the paperwork their client no doubt has sent them.

They have at this stage simply extended the time frame by another two weeks in which to file a defense or maybe settle.

 

I am just thinking if they really wanted to file a defense they would have gone for "defend part of the claim" and not all of it.

How can you admit liability and then try and defend all of the claim, it seems a silly approach, unless of course they are just trying to buy time.

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This. Hence my post “As for “defend all” ; what is the downside to THEM of doing so AT THIS STAGE : they can always settle later”

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25 minutes ago, The Phantom said:

 

Yes this is what I found as well and there is nothing that indicate that you can't apply for a summary judgement in a small claim or that any of the small claims rules relating to costs are no longer valid.

In fact the second link specifically points out that a summary judgement procedure is not for complicated cases – and this particular story is not complicated because liability has been admitted.

However, the cost of £255 is certainly offputting. Let's wait and see what the defence eventually is – if there is one. Simply because they say there is an intention to defend – doesn't mean that they are going to go ahead and defend it.

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You could always wait until it gets allocated to the small claims track, for the costs protection that grants, and THEN apply for SJ.

The issue is that until allocated you aren’t guaranteed the costs protection, and SJ has a high burden to demonstrate (unlike default judgment if they miss a deadline) 

 

(You can indeed apply for SJ in the small claims track).

 

I suspect they’ll settle before that.

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OK, I think we are now all in agreement to sit back and wait for things to happen.

 

They now have an extended period until the 9th of March to do something. Either to file a defense or settle.

I'll wait and report back with any developments as they happen.

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Received the attached letter today and also an e-mail stating :

 

 

Dear Ms XXXXXX

 

XXXXX v ZZZZZZ

 

I write in reference to the above matter.

 

Please be advised that we are on record as Mrs ZZZZZZ solicitors and therefore any correspondence or queries must be directed to us and all documents must be served on Plexus.  Please refer to our acknowledgement of service.

 

We kindly request that you refrain from contacting Mrs ZZZZZ by post, email, telephone or in person in relation to this matter.

 

Kind regards

BLAH BLAH / Paralegal

Scan1.pdf

 

 

 

Rattled someone's cage I suppose.

I think she gave them hell for getting letters from me ....   oh well....

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Keep on contacting her directly. Anyway, what date should you be able to apply for judgement?


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They filed an acknowledgement of service, which extended the period. It's now the 9th of March

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Tick tock tick tock…

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If they file a defence I'll report back, until then I will just wait and see

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Why would you want to keep contacting her directly?

 

You’ve lodged the claim. It won’t add anything (she’ll just pass the info to her solicitors), and it runs the risk of making you look unreasonable at court.

They’ve told you (and advised the court) they are acting for her. Communicate with them.

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Just keep on contacting her directly. They put their hands up and instead of spending money on legal representation they should simply pay you out and bring an end to it. I don't think it will make anyone look at all unreasonable. If anybody is going to look unreasonable, it will be the defendant who has already admitted liability and yet goes on to delay things by saying they going to defend in full and then start instructing solicitors incurring unnecessary costs and even possibly causing trouble and inconvenience to all parties including the court


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I think at the moment there is nothing more to say anyway.

They will need to file their defence before the 9th of March or settle this.

So the ball is in their court until a move is made to either settle or defend.

 

I am only guessing, but I suppose their legal team is only stalling the court case until their claims department has caught up with the paperwork.

 

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