“Dear Graham, Thank you for an unexpected and wonderful surprise !! I have just returned home after working abroad …I can confirm receipt of your cheque (defendant’s costs order) and am very embarrassed as I have to reply by email and not even enough time to drop you or your staff a Christmas card!
However, I will arrange to visit you and thank you personally in the New year as surely we cannot keep being so busy throughout next year. At this late stage, May I wish you, your family and staff, a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.”