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Many thanks for your patience. The risk in terms of costs is if you continued with a claim which was weak or dis not have reasonable prospects of success, then the other side can make you liable for their costs from a specific date forward because you continued with the claim regardless of these issues.
It is quite unlikely that you would be made liable for the legal costs going back over the last ten years and the point from which any potential costs are calculated in the event you lost would be from the time you were given specific warnings wither by the other side or the tribunal that continuing with the claim will result in a costs application being made against you. Such costs cannot be claimed retrospectively so if there were no indications that you would be liable for costs and you continued on the basis that there were never any costs warnings issued, then you should not be liable for the time until such warnings were issued. So it would be most likely that a formal warning may be issued now and tell you that you either accept the offer that is on the table now or continue with the claim with the risk that a claim may be made against you for costs because you had carried on unreasonably.
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The making of an offer is not an indication of your prospects of success. A party could often make an offer on commercial grounds, meaning it is cheaper for them to settle rather than continue defending a claim they could 100% win - so this is no indication of your prospects. The fact that the solicitor have stopped representing you is sadly not an issue for the other side - that is a matter between you and the union and their lawyers. I cannot tell you what you should do because I do not have sufficient information about the strength of your case - you can only get this from getting a formal case analysis by formally instructing a lawyer not through a Q&A site like ours. So it would be negligent of me to tell you what to do, I can just tell you the legal position and the decision on whether to continue is up to you. Hope this clarifies?
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