I signed an intial contract to which stated that the costs if won could be paid by us, however the lawyer on completion when I challenged him about the costs said the contract itself was complicated and unclear. The case was won by us and when settlement was agreed around the table with the other side our lawyer told me although he could not give them a figure for his costs it was agreed they would pay and I was present for this meeting.. However it went to a draftmans order ? and they said they would not pay all the costs so the shortfall has to come out of our settlement. If I had known this on the day I would not have agreed, furthermore he kept the 5000.00 shortfall although I am unaware of any breakdown or what it covers.
also in the contract its states that any shortfall our lawyer would have the authority from us to seek the full damages, they have not done this just kept 5000.00. The ombudsman said that they believe the lawyer was fair as we signed a contract over 2 years ago. I repeat what I stated at the beginning I would not have agreed any settlement with unknown costs and it was clear at the meeting the other were paying in full.
no I raised the complaint with the ombudsman which don't seem to understand what has happened.
yes the other side paid the lawyer 30,000 which was the agreed figure however without authority he kept it all at first and now refuses to pay the remaining 5000 as he says the otherside state his fees are to expsensive so they are not paying even though I agreed a settlement based on the costs been paid via the other side.
yes I can what is the legal position with an argument
do you agree if a contract was signed and then a final meeting it was agreed that the other side lawyers would pay our fees will that be a good case as the ombudsman says the intial contract still stands
our lawyers argument is he is standing by the intial contract and the other side did not pay his costs in full, however at the final meeting is was agree that they would pay the fees and the 30,000 would be free from any costs.
thanks, how would rate the chances of success in the court with this.
thanks the advise. I will do that