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The £308 court fee is for a Part 8 claim (on form N208). Part 7 proceedings are issued for a sum of money and the court fee depends on how much is being claimed. The Part 8 procedure is normally to ask the court for a declaration a simple dispute. Part 7 proceedings can cover both damages for a sum of money in addition to a question such as breach of contract, for example.
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You would need to apply to the court to strike out their case due to abuse of process. It's an application made on form N244, with a fee of £255 (recoverable from the other side if your application succeeds).
Yes, it's a Part 8 claim form and nothing else can be used. Yes, an appeal judge is always different to the first judge.
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