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1. The first point here, I regret to say, is that you owe the money irrespective of whether all of the other parties involved - namely the purchaser and the two firms of solicitor - were not aware that the liability lay with you at the time of sale. So, essentially, you should pay the monies, one way or another. The correct thing here would be to pay them to the party who did discharge them, as they discharged your personal liability and so you should pay them to the solicitors who did in fact pay them. Additionally, as you were person who owed the monies, the law will see nothing wrong with you being written to, so as to discharge the liability. There is no hiding behind the fact that you formerly had a firm of solicitors in the sale. The sale had been completed as the transfer had occurred. So, the law will not find fault with you being written to directly to pay over the monies as you were the person who owed them, not your solicitors. My short advice would be to simply pay the monies back to the solicitor's firm who paid them and quickly put the whole incident behind you. Draw a line under it and just move on in life as everybody makes some error in life and none of these parties, including your own solicitor, will thank you for attempting to argue your way out of it.
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