Hi Clare, they are sending me letters regarding ongoing contact arrangements with the children but I have been corresponding with my ex-wife directly on these. Whilst these are frustrating because they make accusations, demands for replies, I keep replies child focused.
The more aggressive ones are to do with other matters, and recently the issue of spousal maintenance and these are the ones I can't afford representation to help me - my solicitor has quoted fees that I simply cannot afford. It's clear my ex just wants to fight - for example I offered to try to settle her Schedule 1 application before it went to court for £2750 but she (and these lay advisors) refused to even reply to my offer until the last minute, refusing the offer, filing information late etc and was awarded £2000 at the hearing.
Does that answer your question?
Many thanks for your help
Their website is www.maximlegal.co.uk and I have pasted an extract from their website below. The reality is they are a one man band that operates from a 2 bed house in London, with no legal qualifications and no code of conduct and therefore free to operate as they wish. It seems bizarre that anyone can set themselves up in this way and be given access to very personal (in my case very private issues relating to the children and my private financial situation) information being discussed in court.
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