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An application for summary judgment or to strike out all or part of a claim are often made in addition or in the alternative to one another. This Practice Note considers the action that should be considered when faced with either or both such an application.
It is important that you respond promptly to any such application.
be aware that a claimant may follow the issue and service of their claim with a fairly swift application for summary judgment, including even before any defence is served, if they believe that there is no legal basis for a defence to the claim. See Practice Note: Summary judgment applications—what, who and when
equally, a defendant may apply to strike out the claim against them shortly after service of their defence, on a similar basis. See Practice Note: Strike out applications—what, who and when
In the absence of acting promptly you may need to consider when an order for summary judgment or strike out may be set aside, see below.
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