No I didn't sign anything. The Solicitor started the work and then asked me to produce payslips.
i did have to pay the Solicitor a bond which she said was to cover the costs in case i get rejected on legal aid. she has now finished my case and said that i won't get the bond back as she can't back date the initial work she did before legal aid was granted.
i didn't sign anything at all. everything was done verbally with the solicitor.
i was told i had to pay the bond in case i didn't get accepted for legal aid. she told me that if i got accepted i would get my bond back. now she has finalised my case she is telling me that the work she did prior to legal aid acceptance is my responsibilty and she can only claim for the work done after the legal aid was awarded to m y case.
the solicitor is claiming that only part was covered by legal aid as she started the case work before legal aid was granted. she is claiming that she cannot back date any work on the case, and as such legal aid won't cover that part of my case.