Service of process is the procedure employed to give legal notice to a person (such as a defendant) of a court or administrative body’s exercise of its jurisdiction over that person so as to enable that person to respond to the proceeding before the court, body or other tribunal. Usually, notice is furnished by delivering a set of court documents to the person to be served.
In England and Wales, the rules governing service of documents are contained within the Civil Procedure Rules.
Our service committment
We are committed to providing you with a reliable and cost effective service.
- Please telephone or email us with your instructions so that we can confirm our availability.
- Your instructions are confirmed by email.
- On receipt of the documents and instructions they are checked.
- Receipt of the documents is confirmed by email.
- We will serve the documents according to your instructions complying with CPR rules.
- When served we will email you to state service has been completed.
- An affidavit of service is prepared and sworn, or
A statement of service is prepared.
- A report on the service is prepared.
- Documents are returned to you.
Where a subject cannot be found we will undertake relevant local enquiries to confirm the location information you have provided.
If you do not know the whereabouts of the person you wish to serve we offer a tracing service. Contact us to discuss this requirement.
We accept documents for service in four ways:
- Scan and email. This is the fastest and best way.
- Fax. Please note that faxed documents are not high resolution.
- Post. Suitable for large bundles of documents to be served.
- Collected. For urgent service we can collect documents from local solicitors.
Help us to help you
Some points to remember when instructing a process server:
- Check there is sufficient time to effect service. Many court documents require them to be served a number of days before the event they refer to, such as a court hearing.
- Check the name on the documents is correct. Having an incorrect name may invalidate the documents.
- Check the service address is complete. An incomplete or incorrect address does not invalidate the documents but it may cause a delay in their service.
- Provide information to help the process server to attend at the right time and serve the right person.
- Times when the subject is likely to be at home.
- Work address to effect service there if necessary.
- Vehicle details to help identify if the subject is at the location.
- Physical description or photo to help identify the correct person.
The types of documents we serve include the following:
- Summons or Claim forms
- Divorce petitions
- Court Orders
- Statutory demands
- Bankruptcy or Winding up petitions
- Family proceedings
Where we work
Cohen and Black is based and works in the Yorkshire triangle of York, Leeds and Sheffield and surrounding area of Northern England.
- York region
- Sheffield region
- Leeds region
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- 03330 145 672