Will rate your answer, and it will be a good rating.
For the mean time there have been further developments.
I wrote to the Petitioner and had no reply, I managed to speak to him on the phone, and he admitted that he had been told not to talk to me or it could cause the costs to fall in his lap. He is not directly in correspondence with the solicitor only an agent that he uses. (This petitioner is still using headed paper for chasing debts from his agents old company that was dissolved in 2010)
I wrote to the court and got no reply.
I then took a different approach and spoke to the solicitor on a "lets start again approach" - advice and information then began to spill. I asked him if we agreed costs could he withdraw the petition ? he said there was not enough time ( being that there is still 12 days to go-I know this is not true) but he assured me that there would be no advert and as there was no outstanding money with regard to the petition he could not proceed to wind up and the case would be dismissed at the hearing.
He also said that with our payment for his costs he could not issue an invoice.
I have since asked him to verify all this in writing, and told him I will pay his costs in 2 halves - 1 now and the other after the hearing.
My question is, if I attend the hearing am I allowed to address the judge and am I entitled to have copies of all the petitioners paperwork ?
Also if as it seems there is a case for abuse of process, can I set actions in place after the hearing and what would I be claiming for.
Hope that all makes sense.