Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return You do not need to wait here as you will get an email when I reply.
What would you like to know please?
Hi Alex, I need to return a directions questionnaire to the courts by tomorrow so need this urgently if you can help.
Yes of course. I am currently on holiday in the USA for information
What do you need to know about the DQ?
Firstly, as the defendant I am asking for a one month stay to allow negotiations, currently ongoing, to conclude. Are there any financial implications in terms of fees and other penalties to consider when choosing this action?
Ok - click settlement box
It makes no difference in terms of costs
The proceedings are stayed
Secondly, in regards ***** ***** with pre-action protocol, is this a claimant requirement? If this is a defendant requirement too, which pre-action protocol am I expected to adhere to?
Yes you are correct pre-action
Sorry alex, I'm not clear on your answer. Are you saying it is a defendant requirement also to adhere to the pre-action protocol? If so what is this protocol? is it this : http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/pd_pre-action_conduct
Sorry forgive me. Both parties must comply with pre action but generally the Courts are not too worried if someone is in person
Regarding case management information : What is generally stated here for the defendant document disclosure, electronically or otherwise?
Thanks Alex, just one other thing...Regarding trial of final hearing section. How do I go about estimating time needed for hearing. I was thinking about an hour. I assume this is not too important?
No, that's it. Thanks Alex.
Have a good day.