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My divorce lawyer is demannding i pay IN ADVANCE her estimated

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My divorce lawyer is demannding i pay IN ADVANCE her estimated costs of a pending FDR. This is £20k and I have been told that they will do no more work until I pay. They are holding my files and I have already paid them 20k in fees. The next deadline is fro returning papers to the court is less than 1 week away. They state that this is thier internal policy but I was never warned and it is not in their Terms of Business. I feel as though I am being blackmailed.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
That is a very large sum - what breakdown have you been given?
Clare
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
None - neither in relation to the work done so far (20k) or the proposed beak down of work until the next fdr hearing. Was merely given generic headings such as prepare brief for barrister, deal with other side etc. I can find nothing in terms and conditions that state I must pay in advance and for such a prolonged period of future work (fdr hearing is May 26). I am told it is internal policy but this was not made known to me.. I was told they were merely preparing an estimated breakdown of costs buy this turned into an immediate demand for payment. They are refusing to do any more work for me until j pay and my next deadline for disclosure under court order is next Wednesday. I feel I am effectively being blackmailed
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please revert
Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Hi
For clarity were you given a Client Care letter at the start of the process and does this say how often invoices will be rendered.
If so have they kept to that - and have you paid on time
(and yes i think this is an unreasonable request)
Clare
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

the are stating that in their terms and conditions they can demand mines on account - this I have no problem with per se

They are then stating that their terms state they are not obliged to continue to work until such time that are received

And they are saying that they have costed the next amount of work due and it is 20k so ne monies no work

They effectively only gave me 48 hours to review the costings which I fundamentally disagree with and then refused to work for me

I think this effectively equates to blackmail their part

They are refusing to even consider periodic payments etc

Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Hi
How often have they been invoicing you up until now?
Clare
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

about every 3 months. I paid 3k on account, then 7k, then 9k last week

Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Hi
May I ask what the extent of the Family assets is - and what is the dispute between you and your ex?
Clare
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They are stating that my expenses due from my employment are income, that the credit card liabilities I gave in my babe aren't valid liabilities, that the sum I ran up as debt post separation looking after 2 kids and paying for all liabilities are not valid. Hence fdr
Expert:  Clare replied 1 year ago.
Hi
And what are the round figures involved?
Clare

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