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  • Can they just ignore me?

    I am trying to settle a dispute without incurring costs as much as possible and am acting for myself and others. The other party has engaged a Solicitor who has sent me a letter stating their clients position. I have written and emailed the other party's Solicitor asking some questions but they have not replied. Should I go back to writing directly to the other party? Can I complain to the Law Society about the lack of professional curtacy?
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  • #2
    Re: Can they just ignore me?

    Maybe a few details would help people to advise.


    • #3
      Re: Can they just ignore me?

      In the letter to me the other party's Solicitor said that they would recommend to their client that they, the client, seek advice from junior counsel and I asked if this had been done and, if so, what was the outcome; I believe such an opinion would support my case.


      • #4
        Re: Can they just ignore me?

        I don't believe you are entitled to see the opinion of the other side's counsel. Although it would be polite of the other side to respond to you to say that.

        Have you sought your own counsel opinion on the case?

        If there are specific questions you have on the claim you could consider sending them a part 18 request for further information.

        Very hard to help without any details of your case though.
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        • #5
          Re: Can they just ignore me?

          Hi G7ivp,
          When you received the initial letter setting out the other side's issues did they request any info from you or give a timescale for receiving a response from you?
          In your letter back to the solicitors, I assume you responded to whatever they are alleging and requested this further information that has not been forthcoming. Is this correct so far?
          On the basis you are the potential defendant, it is for the Claimant to prove the claim they are making so for example if you had entered into a contract with them and they allege there has been a breach of the contract then if you had denied there was a contract, it would be for them to prove there was a contract so either provide a copy of it or some documentation in support of their contention.
          Out of courtesy if you had requested info then they should confirm if they have the info, which of course doesn't assist the claim. There is of course information that you are not entitled too. Any privileged information between the solicitor and their client and which would include a barrister's opinion is not disclosable.
          As mentioned by other posters, a bit more information about the actual issue would be helpful, as any responses you will get on the information that you have provided will be limited and purely speculative.
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