In that case, he is probably entitled to very little if anything.
It would depend what value there was in the repairs and gardening he has done
in the whole scale of things, probably not a lot.
The first thing you need to do is ask the solicitors how the case
is funded. If it is done on a conditional fee agreement as a privately funded
client, it means that the solicitors are doing it. No win no fee, which means
that they do not get paid unless he gets any money. On these facts, (unless he
has told them a different story). it is not a case that most solicitors would
take on on a no win no fee basis.
You have several options.
You can simply ignore any future correspondence and if they do
issue proceedings, see if they are actually issue legal proceedings. Legal
proceedings will have to be paid for up front because the court wants their
money, the court will not work. No win no fee!
You could write and say that you are not going to enter into any
further correspondence and that they should either issue proceedings or stop
If proceedings arrive, defend them.
Or, you could make a small "without prejudice" offer (what we call
a nuisance offer) to get rid of it.
You can keep exchanging correspondence ad nauseam, which will only
serve to increase his costs (and yours), but if it went to court and he had any
degree of success, you may have to pay his costs in the end anyway.
I will say that this is not a matter that most solicitors would
deal with on a no win no fee basis, based upon the fact that you have given so
it may be that he has given them a different story.
My colleague Claire made the following comments which, to be
frank, probably sum up his case.
"It is a try on They probably threw Kernott and Jones into the
letter - but there is not an earthly."
you Google Kernott v Jones, it will give
you an idea of how the court look at these kind of claims
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