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It is not uncommon for those people who want to sue you to wait to issue County Court proceedings just before Christmas because you won’t be around to answer the claim in the fixed time laid down.
If you receive a County Court Claim over the Christmas/New Year break fill in the one sheet document headed up ‘Response Pack/Acknowledgement of Service’, take a photocopy and then send it by Recorded Delivery back to the Court where it was issued from by First Class mail and fax (if time is pressing). In this way you will gain time to be able to respond with a more considered Defence to the claim that by rushing something damaging off straightaway.