Admissions in money claims—unspecified amounts
Admissions in money claims—unspecified amounts

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

  • Admissions in money claims—unspecified amounts
  • Types of admission in money claims
  • No specified sum is offered (CPR 14.6)
  • A specified sum is offered (CPR 14.7)
  • Transfer of proceedings—under CPR 14.6 and CPR 14.7
  • Request for time to pay
  • How will the court determine rate and time of payment
  • Withdrawing an admission

This Practice Note looks at the different provisions which apply in unspecified money claims when the defendant admits liability and either does not offer to pay or offers to pay a specified amount: when and how to admit and the consequences of the admission. It also considers requests for time to pay, how the court will determine the rate and time of payment and the consequences of withdrawing an admission.

For guidance when admitting a claim for a specified amount, see Practice Note: Admissions in money claims—specified amount.

For guidance generally on the contents and filing of the defence, see Practice Note: Drafting the defence.

Types of admission in money claims

CPR 14 encourages the admission of money claims at an early stage. It allows the parties to agree the rate and time by which an admitted claim is to be paid. Alternatively this can be fixed by the court.

The procedures are aimed primarily at individual debtors, but can relate to any claim where a specified or unspecified amount of money is involved and the following admissions are made:

  1. an admission of a whole claim for a specified amount (CPR 14.4)

  2. an admission of part of a claim for a specified amount (CPR 14.5)

  3. an admission of liability to pay the whole of a claim for an unspecified amount (CPR 14.6)