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Hi, this is Jim.
Can you advise if I have answered this already? I did look at your N181 form but not the draft directions yet. With the draft directions you just need to fill out the court name (CCMCC), claim number and the party names.
It's just a guide (30 weeks) so will be less in practice as no expert evidence is required either, so that can be shortened. Bear in mind a trial will be listed in around the 6 month mark, maybe later depending on the court so my view is to leave that in (30 weeks).
In your draft, delete Defendant's in the claimant's/defendant's draft directions (as this is your draft, not the defendant's).
Apart from that the draft is fine.
Yes, the N181:
1. CCMCC should be inserted - the case has not been allocated to a regional court yet so you are advised to insert CCMCC in the N181 and draft order
2. Do you need an expert to support your claim for damages? If so, you need to find an expert witness who can prepare a report which complies with Part 35 of the CPR (https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part35). If so then you will need to find one online and instruct them - but you will need permission from the court to rely on their report, so you simply need their CV at the moment and their details to put on the N181 form.
3. Witness details - your details go in that section
Yes, I really cannot see the court needing an expert witness report to decide the issues. The defects are already evidenced which would be enough for a claim such as yours.