Acknowledgment of service
Acknowledgment of service

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

  • Acknowledgment of service
  • Requirement to acknowledge service
  • When to acknowledge service
  • What form should I use?
  • What the acknowledgment of service must contain
  • Signing the acknowledgment of service
  • Multiple defendants
  • Failure to file an acknowledgment of service
  • Acknowledgment of service and disputing the jurisdiction
  • What happens if an application to dispute jurisdiction is unsuccessful?
  • more

The UK has voted to leave the EU and this will take place on exit day as defined in section 20 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This has implications for practitioners when determining whether permission of the court is required to serve a claim form on the defendant in an EU Member State. For an insight into the impact of Brexit, see Practice Notes: Brexit—service of documents and No deal Brexit—service of documents.

This Practice Note explains when 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 and what information you need to include in it and who needs to sign it. 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.

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).

A defendant in a Part 7 claim is generally not required to file an acknowledgment of service unless they:

  1. need additional time, to