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A claim for harassment is made under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 - so the usual remedy is an injunction to stop the harassment. You could also sue for damages if the harassment has caused injury (psychological injuries for example). To issue a claim for harassment it is the Part 8 procedure (N208 claim form). The court would not allocate it to the small claims track as it is a complicated case and the small claims track would not be sufficient to deal with it.
If the claim has been transferred, directions should be made which would include you to file updated particulars of claim and the defendant to then file a defence. After that the court would list a case management conference (CMC) to consider directions to determine how the claim will run.
The remedy would be an apology and retraction of the statement - damages may follow if the court sees it to be justified (if you can prove financial loss due to the harm to your reputation). These are difficult cases to prove hence why they are not small claims and lawyers are usually required.
If no defence has been sent in by the other side, they are not entitled to costs (as they haven't yet defended the claim). So yes, file notice of discontinuance if that is the case - an email will not suffice - it has to the N279 form which I uploaded earlier.
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Hi there, yes you should be given the opportunity to prepare and file amended particulars. If you discontinue now it depends if the defendant has filed a defence yet - if so they will have incurred costs for their defence so you would need to ask them whether they would "without prejudice", accept a drop hands offer where both parties walk away with each bearing their own costs.