Hello Stephen my name is ***** ***** I will help you.
Did your Solicitor take out after the event insurance please?
When you signed the CFA does it say you will have to pay for an opinion?
Ok. Sadly the opinion is a disbursement. But I could get your solicitors to get a number of quotes from different barristers.
The fee seems high but it may be because this here a huge volume of evidence.
As for the court fees if you are on benefit you should be entitled to fee remission for those.
But generally Barrister and Court fees are disbursements.
But it may be if you ATE insurance that covers you for these fees.
Can I clairfy anything for you about this today please?
Indeed. They may well do so on the condition there is an undertaking on costs if you win.
You can move solicitors at any time if you wish. You do not need to stay with this firm.
Can I clairfy anything for you?
Check he terms of the CFA - you may be able to switch. But protective proceedings have been issued which is fine, but they must be served within 4 Months.
You can try the Bar Pro bono and see if they would take it
However you need to be advised if you lose the case you will be liable for the other side costs.
Does that clairfy?
Indeed. Their behaviour is disgraceful which is why you should consider moving.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
You should complain to the Managing Partner. They will investigate your complaint and report back to you.
If you are still not satisfied then you can complain to the Legal Ombudsman.
They offer a free, independent service at: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/
Does that clarify?