Hi, thank you for your question. Is your claim for money, or something else? If it is for money, how much are you claiming?
Thank you - your pre-action letter should include the following:
As long as your letter has clearly outlined the above and you remain unhappy about his response you can pursue the matter to court.
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Thank you - that looks satisfactory to me and appears to meet the necessary pre-action protocol criteria
If it is something that you are likely to rely on in court, then you should mention it at the earliest opportunity, so maybe send another letter setting this out as well as that you do not agree with his position and outline you will proceed to court (if this is the case)
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Hi, thank you for the further information. Given that they are raising an incorrect chronology of events which you contest, I would suggest that you put to them your side of events again and outline the issues that they have missed - along the same lines as your outline above.
Thanks for the further question. It is difficult to outline what your prospects of success is but you should consider whether the costs compared to the benefits is worthwhile when pursuing a court claim.
Given that the sum of money concerned is approximately £1,500 the likely legal costs for both of you if pursued to court will be substantially more than this.
It is not always as "cut and dry" as it seems and it will be for the judge to decide whether the claim is a viable on or not.
In relation to the legal fees, if you (or your opponent) were to instruct legal representatives, these will be well in excess of the £1500 you are claiming as you will need to take into account solicitors fees to prepare for the case, and legal representation (either a solicitor or barrister) to represent you at the hearing. Depending on how contested the case is, there could be many hearings which will only increase costs.
Apologies, I had overlooked this. It is correct that the successful party cannot claim legal fees, but would be entitled to court fees, travel fees and any loss of earnings.