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In order to transfer a claim from the County Court to the High Court, you must apply under Part 3 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 ("CPR") under the Court's general case management powers. The Court must be satisfied that the proceedings should by discretion be transferred to the High Court having regard to the criteria in CPR 30.3(3), section 42(2) of the County Courts Act 1984 and CPR 30.3(1)(a)).
Unfortunately, I do not believe that the Court will be impressed with a party's mere assertion that the District Judges in the County Courts cannot be trusted as much as the Lord Justices of the High Court. There must be a compelling reason, such as the complexity of the issue of fact or law, or the case involves matters in the public interest, such as a conflict of one statute with the Human Rights Act, as to why it needs to be heard in the High Court.
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What was the subject matter of the Part 8 counterclaim?
OK, and how much would their damages be if the court decided that there was a repudiatory breach?
I am surprised that they would issue under Part 8 if there was a dispute of fact or law.
Are you sure is not a Part 20 Counterclaim?
Thank you for uploading the Defence to the Portal. I have reviewed the PDF and it is indeed a Defence to your Part 7 Claim and a Part 20 Counterclaim against you by your opponent.
Part 8 has nothing to do with this Claim.
The value of the combined Part 7 and Part 20 claims is in excess of £25,000 and therefore the Court will allocate it to the Multi-Track. You will be given the opportunity by the Court to state your preferred venue of the Court in the form of a Directions Questionnaire. If you would prefer to have the case heard in the High Court, can request this in the DQ.
In that case, they have issued on the wrong track and incorrect fee. They will have to amend and pay the correct fee (which for a £100K claim will be thousand!), or the counter claim will be struck out.
Either way, it is their problem, not yours.
OK, so Directions and Case Management have already been disposed of by the Court. You are out of time to appeal the Case Management Order under the N244 Application Procedure and in view of the judge's comments and the Order following the CCMCC in November, any application has poor prospects of success.
It appears that you have been ordered to pay the Defendant's costs of just under £1,000 for an application that was without merit.
The costs budget of £50K is an indication of Defendant's costs if the Claim goes all the way to trial and they win and is the most that you will be liable to pay.
This is now a significant claim against your business and could potentially bankrupt your company if you lost. You need proper legal advice from a solicitor. I am happy to act for you under the guise of my main virtual law firm and will offer a Premium Service Phone Call so I may pass you my contact details and give you an indication of my fees.
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