UK Process Serving Specialists
The court requires a document to be used in a clearly prescribed manner in order to avoid any doubt or ambiguity. This applies not only to the completion of the document itself but also to the way in which it is served. Which is where we come in.
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Recourse to the courts is not a step to be taken lightly. The process is fraught with difficulties, costs and stress. But in many instances when you have exhausted all other options, the courts provide the only remedy available. For that you will often need the services of a solicitor, but there is one part of the process in which we specialise.
Despite the vast advances in digital technology, which has revolutionised so many activities from banking and shopping to insurance, education and entertainment, the legal system remains reliant on the most conventional documentation. The tradition goes back hundreds of years and is predicated on the ideas of clarity and certainty. The court requires a document to be used in a clearly prescribed manner in order to avoid any doubt or ambiguity. This applies not only to the completion of the document itself but also to the way in which it is served. Which is where we come in.
Trained, Skilled Professional.
Service of documents on behalf of a claimant (previously known as a plaintiff) on a defendant must be carried out according to strict rules. A process server, or process agent, is a trained, skilled professional. Precise legal knowledge is required in order that the process server can comply with all procedural protocols and perform an effective service that will be recognised as valid by the courts. It is far more than simply delivering a document.
The regulations regarding the service of legal documents are robust and rigorous and over time, like all regulations, they are amended, updated and revised. We ensure that our private investigators, acting in the role of process servers, are kept fully acquainted with the current rules by conducting an ongoing programme of training and assessment.
The Way We Work
The way we work is to gather as much information as possible from you the claimant about the defendant. Name, last known address, family ties, employment, if possible a photograph. We can work with very little, but the more detail the better. Our process servers will then use our sophisticated tracing and surveillance techniques to locate the defendant, confirm his or her identity and then serve the document personally, in full compliance with the stipulations of the court, so that the document becomes immediately effective and the legal process begins.
In many cases we can carry out the service within 24 hours but even if it takes longer our process servers always prioritise their current assignment and will ensure that service occurs at the earliest opportunity, at any time, day or night.
The kinds of documents we are asked to serve are many and varied. There is the statutory demand, a document issued by a company or individual as the first stage in petitioning for bankruptcy when an outstanding debt remains unpaid. Once properly completed and served, the demand confers on the claimant rights and timescales for bankrupting the debtor and recovering as much of the debt as possible. The demand is followed by the court-issued bankruptcy petition which again needs to be served personally, although if the debtor is clearly avoiding service and there is evidence he still resides at the address on file an affidavit can be prepared and ratified by the court in lieu of service.
Claim forms are used to begin legal action to sue for damages. They are issued by the court but again need to be served. Divorce documents are prepared by a solicitor and are served personally unless service is impossible in which case, once again, an affidavit of attempted service allows the court to authorise delivery to the other party’s last known address.
There are many other documents that require service by a process agent: court orders requiring debtors to appear in person, orders regarding boiler maintenance in tenanted properties, company winding up petitions, traveller proceedings, injunctions and others.
To the uninitiated it can appear that there is a vast world of complicated legal documents and procedures. In a sense that is true, which is why you really need to engage the services of a highly professional process serving team.
You’ve found us.