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If they start a claim against you then the court will send you a "response pack". That allows you to acknowledge receipt of the court papers and fill out a defence. It is vita you fill this out as soon as possible and return to the court without delay. You cannot stop him from issuing a claim - you can only defend the claim and if your defence succeeds then his claim will be dismissed. Your defence would based on the fact the neighbour did not consult with you and simply instructed their own expert at huge cost. It is easy to defend a small claim - just ensure you deal with the response pack as a priority. Once you send that to the court you will receive court directions (dates) which dictates how the claim will proceed ultimately leading to a final hearing if the case does not settle.
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