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Hi there, no problem. In terms of the defence, that always come first.
The court will give a date whereby witness statements are exchanged (simultaneously) with the other side.
Ideally the witnesses would do their own statement - you cannot give evidence for them under the Civil Procedure Rules - so they have to do a similar statement to yours if they want to help you.
I hope this helps?
Yes correct - the witness statement comes later. I attach the defence template - you will need to address each allegation in this defence. Then sign and date - and send to the court. Also send one copy to the claimant.