Thank you for the information. Another expert has picked up your call request and as such I am not in control of their diary so cannot say when they are calling, it should be soon however.
There are two routes other than judicial review here, which I think are more appropriate.
Firstly, there is an application to have judgment set aside. This is where you have a reasonable chance of defending the claim but were not given the opportunity to do so having not been notified of the claim, or where there is some other good reason why you should be given the opportunity to defend the claim. A set aside application costs £275 and is made on the N244 application form.
Secondly, there is the option of appealing the decision. This would be on procedural grounds, specifically procedural fairness and an indication that due to a personal connection between the claimant and the judge, that the judge exercised bias. The key phrase to use is that justice must be seen to be done. How can this be the case here, you are entitled to ask.
An appeal needs to be made within 21 days of the judgment and you need the N161 court form for this (unless it is a small claim in which case you need the N164).
The cost of an appeal is £129 (small claims), £259 (High court) or £151 (all other claims).
I hope that this is helpful. Can I clarify anything further at this stage?