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The court's stance is that amendments to court pleadings ought to be allowed - you can amend the claim before the claim has been served on the other side. If they take issue with it and it has been served, you would need to agree the amendment with the other side and yes, it would be a £100 fee (for a consent order) or if they do not agree, it would be a £255 application fee (which you can recover from the defendant if your application succeeds, which it would). The advice would be to ask them whether they agree to the amendment - if they do, fine and a consent order can be drawn up (I can help with this). If not, tell them they face your application fee if they refuse.
You could wait until they take issue with it (if they notice it which I doubt) - it would not be fatal to the pleadings (the claim form).
OK, he may not notice. The next step is to wait for their defence to come in. He needs to serve a defence - if he does not then you can request judgment in default, which means a CCJ against him (which you can enforce).
Yes, in the timeline it would not matter - the only issues which do matter would be if you got his name and address wrong or if you got a date wrong in the timeline/particulars of claim. I wouldn't worry about it. If need be you can apply to amend and I can help with that.
If the claim is under £10,000 he would have to pay a solicitor privately - which would be expensive for him. You can come back here - I am a solicitor and can guide you every step of the way if required.
So yes, you should wait - and expect his defence (if he misses the deadline then again, come back here and I will show you how to request default judgment against him)
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