Yes proceedings are under way. I have submitted my defence letter to the court, we are at the stage where we can resolve this before we go to court. I guess that is what he is trying to do now.
He has not involved insurers, I don't know if he has a solicitor.
I think his method is to be threatening so this doesnt go to court.
Thank you for this, and your prompt reply.
The latest letter from the Claimant, is asking for more money than orignially asked for (apologies this is at home, and I am at work so dont have exact figures), the initial claim was for approx £480 (plus interest), but the latest letter is asking for more (approx £600) which includes the Court Fees, and his witness fees.
1. I thought bringing this to the court's attention would highlight Claimant dishonesty? He cant ask me to pay him the Court fees that won't exist him I pay him to stop court proceedings?
I intend to get my wife, who was a passenger at the time, to write a witness statement, but she wont be coming to court as she is unwell.
2. Will this help if she's not in court? Will it be beneficial to get a doctor's note explaining Jody's illness?
3. Would a character witness statement help my case?
4. If I decide to not go to court, and just submit all my evidence (justice does not always prevail, and I'd lose as additional £300 wages), how far will that go against my case?
You probably hear this a lot, but I didn't do anything wrong.
Thanks for this information Jo.
Unfortunately my wife is in depression at the moment so wont be able to attend the hearing.
I will attend as per your mail.
Regarding your point that Claimant may have underestimate costs, he initially sent me full receipt of work done, and parts (totaling £483 Initial Claim) .
The latest letter from the Claimant details fully what he expects my payment to him to cover:
£483 Initial Claim
£35 Court Fees (Initial Summons)
£55 Hearing Fee
£50 Witness Summons
£20 Witness Expenses
He finishes his letter as follows;
'I urge you to make full and final payment within the next seven days, thus averting the need to move to a formal hearing, this will incur additional costs and the possibility of you receiving a custodial sentence'
Do you consider this threatening, and worth raising with the court?
Your thoughts are appreciated.
thanks for your help Jo