Acknowledgment of service
Acknowledgment of service

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Acknowledgment of service
  • Requirement to acknowledge service
  • When to acknowledge service
  • Service in the jurisdiction
  • Service out of the jurisdiction
  • What form should I use?
  • Commercial Court forms
  • What the acknowledgment of service must contain
  • Signing the acknowledgment of service
  • Corporates
  • More...

Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day, ie Friday 31 January 2020, has implications for practitioners considering service out of the jurisdiction. For guidance, see: Cross border considerations—checklist—Service—Brexit specific.

This Practice Note explains when an acknowledgment of service is required (CPR 10) and the consequences of a failure to file an acknowledgment of service. It identifies the correct form to use, what information must be included and who must to sign the form. The different time limits for acknowledgment are explained depending on which court you are in or whether it is a Part 7 or Part 8 claim form.

Depending on the court in which the matter is proceedings, the court guide may set out specific requirements that will need to be complied with. For guidance, see: Acknowledgment of service—Court specific guidance.

Requirement to acknowledge service

The provisions for acknowledgment of service are set out in CPR 10. The provisions apply to Part 7 claims and to Part 8 claims subject to modifications set out in CPR 8.3. For guidance on Part 8 claims generally, see Practice Note: CPR Part 8 claims (alternative procedure for claims).

The general position is that a defendant in a Part 7 claim is not required to file an acknowledgment of service. However, a defendant should file an acknowledgement of service where they:

  1. need additional time, to that specified in

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