Which affects both sides ...
3 Challoner Court Bristol BS1 4RG
9 November 2014
Ms Sarah O’Grady
Clarke Willmott LLP
Your ref: LT060/3816/1727/415481.00001
Dear Ms O’Grady
I am very surprised by your response dated 6 November in reply to my letter dated 26 October.
The Will was taken to your offices in Bristol as I was advised that Clarke Willmott was looking after the Estate of Mr Thomas Henshall. At that first meeting with Ms Cummins, as stated in my previous letter to you, she asked me if I would be happy to handle the matter and I said I would be. Far from being advised that Clarke Willmott was acting on behalf of Karen Hymas, at the subsequent meeting, when I handed over to Ms Cummins the handwriting samples she had requested, I asked her if those disputing the Will had a solicitor acting and she replied that it had not come to that yet.
Now you say in your letter “it has always been the case that we have acted Hymas. We now act of the beneficiaries as well …”.
Why was I not made aware that Clarke Willmott was acting Hymas and not simply being an impartial administrator of the Estate, which is what I understood them to be? And how is it that you can at the same time as administrating the Estate impartially, also represent clients who are challenging the Will?
I do not agree that the cost of a report from a handwriting expert, requested by Karen Hymas et al, or any other fees or expenditure incurred on behalf of Karen Hymas et al, should be paid out of the Estate.