Thank you for your question
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I am afraid that your solicitor is correct
If you wish to speak for yourself (and I understand why) the solicitor cannot continue to represent you - if she does then only she (or a barrister) can speak.
She is not being difficult - she truly has no choice
Please ask if you need further details
My apologies for the delay
No I am afraid not
If you wish to speak for yourself at the hearing your solicitor has to get you to sign to say that you are self-representing.
If you wish her to resume acting for you then you would have to pay her to do so