I have acknowledged the case and filed my defence which at the time I had money to pay for a solicitor to write my defence. My defence was filed partially because the claimant (my mentor) did not submit detailed particulars of claim as they have stated on their claim form. I also attached a draft order to struck out the claim due to lack of particularity. A hearing date was set on 24 June but due to time on the day, the judge adjourned the case to 12 Aug.
However, the judge ordered the claimant to submit their witness statements (which they did not file) and mentioned the issue he had with their particulars of claim (which was not amended and submitted late without the court’s permission); by 01 July. The claimant has now submitted their witness statement but did not re- submit a proper detailed particulars. The judge also ordered the claimant to pay me £25 for transport cost on the day.
I wrote to the court to request for permission to amend my defence since the claimant was allowed to amend their particulars and witness statements. Also, I asked to be able to claim costs back from the claimant for amending my defence. The was mentioned in my defence submitted earlier. The court now invites me to apply and pay £155 so that they can consider either of my requests above. But, they have not mentioned that I will be claiming costs back for amending my defence due to the claimant’s fault. I am not sure what to do now? I don’t have money to hire a solicitor! I do not understand how the county court works or how I should proceed from here? I am considering counterclaim for loss of business if I amend my defence. Please advice.