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Yes, it is likely especially if the statutory demand contains errors - the court will hear both parties and if the demand is defective then it is likely to be set aside. The debt would still be present though. You can also advance the argument that you have a counter claim (to go through the courts via a claim) and as such, the correct way forwards would be to start county court proceedings, yourself as the claimant, and if the defendant still thinks they have a case then they can defend the claim and they would have the option of making a counter claim.
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Hi there, yes you can do - the court has discretion to allow an appeal in late for reasons including solicitor-negligence. Though you are better off instructing a firm of solicitors who deal with professional negligence claims to do this for you. Given the cost and complexity (they should be able to offer a no win no fee arrangement).
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It sounds like you have had a torrid time of it and I am sorry to hear. It would be worth speaking to one or all of those law firms to see if they can help and take on the appeal case.