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Service of the Claim Form and Persons Unknown

Speaker: Alexander Adamou
Chambers: 33 Bedford Row

Alex joined Chambers following completion of his first six at a Commercial Chambers in London. Whilst there Alex assisted other members in advising clients on various aspects of Commercial and Civil Law. In addition to his civil work Alex appears in various Magistrate’s Courts. Alex increasingly appears in the Crown Court and has experience in dealing with all aspects of criminal law including the Youth Court.

Here Alex provides a detailed breakdown of guidance on how to complete claim forms correctly and effectively. He outlines servicing methods, who can serve claim forms, and special circumstances – such as Defendants without a fixed address or a known identity – and how to manage them.

Key words/topics

Assess Jurisdiction

Pre-Action Requirements

Costs and funding

Asia Pacific (HK) Ltd v Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd [2005] EWHC 2443 (Comm)

Servicing methods

Companies and Partnerships

Companies Act 2006

Limited Liability Partnership Act 2000

Personal Service

SSL International Plc v TTL LIG Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1170

Lakah Group v Al Jazeera Satellite Channel [2003] EWHC 1231

SSL International Plc v TTL LIG Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1170

SSL International Plc v TTL LIG Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1170

Nature of the defendant to be served

Relfo Ltd (In Liquidation) v Varsani [2009] EWHC 2297 (Ch)

Deemed Service and Alternative Service

Persons Unknown

London Borough of Ealing v Persons Unknown [2021] EWHC 2132 (QB) 

More about Alexander Adamou

Alex completed his Second Six within Chambers and was subesquently offered tenancy.

Alex has since developed a thriving Civil, Commercial, Employment and Regulatory Practice and regularly represents clients in various aspects of civil and commercial litigation including complex, multi-day cases. Alex’s practice covers Commercial and Chancery Law as well as Personal and Corporate Insolvency.

He has also appeared before the Court of Protection (DoLs) on numerous occassions. Alex has assisted at all stages in proceedings including applications undwer the Mental Health act for detention and treatment.  Alongside his Mental Health practice he has a keen interest in discrimination, whistleblowing, unfair and wrongful dismissal, and equal pay claims in Employment Law.

As a junior member of the team he acts for both claimants and respondents in RTA’s, Credit Hire and Housing Possession in the County Court.

Finally Alex also represents individuals in various aspects of Family Law. This include Non-Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders, and Child Arrangement Orders.

Alex has undertaken secondments and is regularly instructed by the Government Legal Department as a “Junior Junior Barrister”.