Our client was brought in as a Part 20 Defendant.
We had a good argument for summary judgment / strike out.
The application for SJ/strike out was made to the County Court Money Claims Centre. The fee was £155.
What happened next?
We received a Court Order saying the claim had been transferred to Southampton. We had no notice of transfer, and were advised that our client to quickly complete the D/Q’s that were due. Note here, the Court sent no notice, nor could tell us the return date!
Southampton transferred it to Winchester.
What’s the problem?
The County Court Money Claims Centre stated that the fee for our client’s application had to be paid to Winchester. We agreed (as what else could we do?) and raised another duplicate cheque and asked for our original cheque to be returned.
The claim settled
(we had a hearing for our client’s application, both sides got nervous 3 days beforehand and we settled VERY cheaply at 5 to 10% of the potential exposure to our client).
The Court transferred it again upon allocation from Winchester to Worcester.
At this point we asked the Money Claims Centre for our cheque.
They demanded to know whether we had proof that both cheques had been banked, and requested copies of the front and backs of both cheques to show they were cashed and had a Court stamp.
My accounts department has confirmed both cheques have been cashed. By HMCTS. ON THE SAME DAY.
I am waiting to hear back regarding the fronts/back, etc.
This will probably end in a formal complaint to HMCTS.
Oh what’s that? None of this is billable work!!!
Over and out.