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Defend or Ignore Proceedings?

SHU law is often contacted by people who have had proceedings issued against them. What’s frustrating about this situation for all concerned is that certain procedures must be followed before a claimant can start proceedings and often defendants have chosen to ignore these pre-action communications.

We appreciate it’s stressful and often parties might have a different view of what has happened together with different evidence. However, the gap in terms of negotiation is only heightened by either the exchange of angry and protracted correspondence or by ignoring what is happening. Both types of responses are normally borne out of fear. The longer that this goes on for, the worse the situation gets and the more likely it is that it will cost the losing party more money.

The best course of action you can take is to seek help as soon as possible. Often people are put off speaking to solicitors because of the cost but most solicitors will give you half an hour of their time free of charge. There is also the possibility that you have a policy of legal expense insurance through either your home, motor, or credit card insurance or trade union membership through which you may get access to one of their panel solicitors.

Failing that there are not for profit firms such as SHU Law that might be able to assist. We often help defendants who have had proceedings issued against them. Our role is to help navigate the court procedures and documents and to provide an objective analysis as to what the solution might be. Focusing on key issues and how the position might be viewed by a judge can save time, money and stress. You might want to stand your ground but in reality this might not be in your best interests.

If you have had a claim issued against you and you need to talk to someone about the next steps then please call our offices 01142255891 or 01142256666 or email enquiries@shulaw.co.uk.

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