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You said you have contacted the Solicitors - what is it I can help you with today please?
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me
I'll explain as briefly as I can
Thanks for posting the question
After a road traffic collision dating back to April 2010 I won a court case against a third party.
My solicitor over paid me & provided me with a settlement figure greater than I was intended, this was not to my knowledge
How much was the overpayment please?
Ok - got that letter yes
They said I was owed approx £1400 for injury plus £300
When you have written to the Solicitors what have they said?
£1300 was supposed to go to elephant insurance
& £680 to hire car company
but they were sent a one lump sum cheque from third party insurer then they forwarded this amount onto myself
hold I will send file
Were you at Court when the Judge gave the award please?
Ok - so did you not realise you were overpaid?
Have you spent the overpayment please?
but the figures I do not recall
I spent the over payment, on putting towards a new car... then a few months went by & elephant contacted me
I had to take out a credit card to pay them the £1300 approx back as I was scared that I had spent someone else's money
The next step is to complain to:
but in hind sight acsl solicitors cause this problem
I have complained to them
They are independent and can examine your complaint for free
Their website is: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/
Then the next step after that is to complain to the regulator
They are the Solicitors Regulation Authority
They can also investigate
Their website is; www.sra.org.uk
They can see if there have been any breaches of the Solicitor rules
Sadly I think you do have to pay it, as you had money you were not entitled to
But I think the SRA may suggest the Solicitors may more than the £150 offered
But do that and hopefully it should resolve the matter
also the hire car company is still unpaid & are chasing their money, which I have told them to wait until I have consulted with ACSL
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Can I clarify anything else for you?
Will the hire car company wait if I tell them I have made a complaint to the legal ombudsmen
I can't say - if you have it confirmed in writing receipt about your complaint with the Ombudsman and SRA they amy
* may *
My issue is with the solicitors
Which is why you should go to the Ombudsman and then the SRA
but if I pay the hire car company I will be omitting liability... right?!
No, you could pay it without admission of liability
Does this answer your question today or can I help further?
Thanks you for your time...
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yes you have answered my questions Alex :)
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX a pleasure
Sure.. no problem, anytime!