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Was this an English or Irish solicitor?
Hi Ben, It was an English solicitor
ok let me get my response ready please
The solicitor will be expected to follow the Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority’s Code of Conduct, the relevant part of which would be in relation to client relations here:
This would cover how to engage clients, to be clear and transparent about costs, obtain clear instructions and so on.
In terms of the fees they believe you owe them, they cannot just send in the debt collectors and force you to pay them – debt collectors are rather toothless because all they can do in the circumstances is threaten you and be a nuisance but they cannot force you to pay anything or part with your property. To be able to do any of that the solicitor would have to take you to court first, win their claim and obtain a court judgment again st you, then try and enforce it. Until that happens they can send as many debt collectors as they want but they cannot do anything to you. Whether they take it to court is another matter but in the circumstances as a solicitor I would probably not like to show my face in court in front of a judge.
Hi Joe, Thank you for your response, that is much appreciated.