The United Kingdom intends to derogate from these provisions on the basis that the complexities of its law on time-limits and limitation periods would only be exacerbated by this Article. It is important that the date of service can be identified with certainty as it determines the time from which a party may enter a default judgment. The UK does not consider that the precise meaning of this provision, and its intended operation in practice, is sufficiently clear; it could therefore increase the potential for confusion. Accordingly it believes that this matter is best left to national law, at least until it has had an opportunity to assess how it works in practice in the other Member States following implementation of the Regulation.
1. England and Wales:
We will not be charging for service.
Costs of service by Messengers-at-Arms: (i) £137.10 for personal service; and (ii) £43.70 for postal service. For clarification, this cost for postal service does not apply to postal service under Article 14.
3. Northern Ireland:
A fee of £45 is charged although there is no fee payable for service on a limited company. To clarify this, documents to be served on individuals are served personally but service on limited companies is effected by post.