Did they act on your behalf in drafting or approving the Contract?Tom
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There is no legal obligation on them as such to pay for legal advice.
If you consider that the reason that the dispute has arisen is because of negligent or poor drafting or consideration of the document from your solicitor then you can put that to them and ask that they contribute to the costs of obtaining counsel’s advice.
If the situation which has arisen is unique and not something that can general be anticipated then it would probably not be correct or fair for you to claim that the solicitor should have considered this and pay counsel’s fees.
Ultimately, if counsel’s advice is require then it needs to be obtained as soon as possible (whoever pays for it) so you may consider paying for it but reserving your right to complain to the solicitor later to have counsel’s fees paid.
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