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What exactly are they claiming? Defamation?
They are not stating any claim, other than that I did enter the school's sport hall and hand 3 envelopes to a receptionist. Which I did; and, they were sealed.
On what basis are they seeking to claim? What have they lost?
In addition, I guess they are suggesting that I wrote the 'letters' contained and that they 'assume' I am responsible for distributing them to other staff members at the school via home address and a box left n the staffroom on another date. I didn't do that.
That is my point. I don't know. But there is threatening tone and a subheading regards XXXXX XXXXX my employer'. They state that their client (the school) reserves the right to report my apparent behaviour to my employers (actually they are , my clients)
You should write back and ask them to be more specific. You need to write and say that you deny any purported wrong doing.
Do not engage in protracted correspondence.
they specify the name of one such client which is close in proximity to the school and the local authority in general.
Just say that you have done nothing wrong and provide evidence to support any claim.
Just write and deny everything.
Say they have no claim and if they seek to issue proceedings you will defend it and seek costs against them.
I am worried though about getting tangled up. Do I acknowledge that i did drop the envelopes?
What if they do proceed? Not sure what their charges would be?
Just write and say you deny everything, there is no claim and you will not engage in further correspondence.
I am unconfident to write something and not shoot myself in the foot
That is the whole point.
They can't just claim for something which is a maybe.
They need to have a concrete claim
But i did drop the envelopes
That does not matter - this is not criminal.
This is a civil dispute.
You can deny everything and put them to proof - this is quite normal.
Okay, i understand that. I guess I am feeling very vulnerable about the tone of the letter
Don't really know how to word
That's their job.
Just write back and say you deny everything and will seek to put them to proof.
And that you do not intend to engage in protracted correspondence.
Do is ay i deny everything, even if there are people who saw me there and CCTV footage...regardless of any claim at resent, could this be an undoing if things go further?
Sorry to ask so many things....i really am worried, never experienced threats like this befor
No of course not.
In any event they have not actually suffered any loss.
Can i access this conversation beyond now to reference your advice?
Yes you can come back to it at any time and once you rate the format changes so you can copy and paste it
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Phew...i still just feel at risk I guess...don't understand the law so much as to be so cocksure about my correspondence..could you clarify the best language to use in the letter...
Keep it short, to the point, concise.
Sorry, not being funny, but i am a little unsure what to say...do i ask them to provide evidence to support their claim or do i state i have done no wrong and that i will not enter into any further correspondence?
The later - just write and say words to the effect
"Thank you for your letter dated xxxxx. However I am unsure exactly what your purported claim is meant to be or what evidence you have. I have done nothing wrong and as such any puported claim and denied and I will not be entering into further correspondence."
Okay, that is clearer...i still feel very unsettled by the whole thing and sending any correspondence is worrying. Further to this I am feeling a need to speak to the specific client who they state they will talk to about my 'apparent behaviour'..in fact, i think they already have....i want to be upfront with the headteacher of this establishment or i risk her questioning my integrity
Yes of course. But do not worry about that - just move on from this.
well, i think i will need to address it upfront...
Yes, with your business.
Can I clarify anything about this question for you?
I hear you...will certainly have to
no i guess that is as clear as it gets at present..i am still just feeling quite adrift
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i think because they are basically employing bullying tactics, i am feeling bullied
Yes, which is why you should not give in
I know...feeling like i compromised myself in some ways by helping a friend...
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i'll try, you too