This is a genuine dispute and it’s not unknown for solicitors to be in dispute with clients either over the clients paying the solicitors bill or the solicitors paying tradesmen’s bills or even personal bills. If a solicitor loses then there is a judgement against the solicitor which doesn’t get registered if the solicitor pays within the period in the judgement.
By all means complaint to the Solicitors Regulation Authority but it is not likely to go anywhere. If judgement goes against them, and they don’t pay within the period of the judgement, then the Solicitors Regulation Authority would take more note.
Interest runs from the date that the debt was due and hence, continues to run during the period of any appeal and if your claim is successful, it would be added to the judgement amount from then.
Based upon what you told me, and ignoring the points of law, I don’t think the judge is going to have much sympathy with these knowledgeable lawyers trying to have one over on a small business. That is my personal view. What I’m also amazed at is that they’re spending so much time over what is a relatively small debt in the whole scale of things.
I think there’s a reasonable chance that they will get the appeal consent but it depends if the judge thinks that what the defendants are looking to do is disproportionate to the amount of the claim. I have read the judgement and I agree with what the judge has said.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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