Do I have to pay a second fee if the other person counterclaims?
Thanks for accepting. I have a small claims case that I opened due to a non paying customer for £180. I altered a dress, she paid for some work but refused to pay for the last chunk I done, she claimed it smelt and had to have it dry cleaned, it didn't smell: guaranteed. She asked if she could bank transfer so I agreed and then she didn't despite having the dress back with the work agreed done. Anyway ff she has counter claimed for £100 dry cleaning and £150 in stress due to having to transport her ball gown dress to the dry cleaners. I have a form to fill out now with a questionnaire and a defense section. It's asking me about paying more money but I already paid £35 online when I began my claim which the Web said would be all I paid unless it went to court and then it's £27. Do I have to pay again because she's counterclaiming?
Also in my defense write up, I've already done this once when I had to start the claim process, am I responding to her claim details now? Or repeating what I've already submitted to start the process. I could completely pull her counterclaim apart but I'm not sure if that's my job here now or not?
Prior to starting the claim I also offered as a gesture of goodwill and not admitting any liability £30 off her bill towards the dry cleaning despite knowing for absolutely sure it did not smell when I left it with her after she'd tried it on.
Also any other advice to me in this situation would be greatly received I have a few days to send back and I'm claiming because I need the money not because I'm a cow and therefore I can't keep paying money out for this. She already trying to claim more from me than she owes me.
18th March 2022