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Is there a statutory time that a solicitor needs to abide by

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Is there a statutory time that a solicitor needs to abide by when demanding a reply to a letter he has sent?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 5 years ago.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.



I have received a letter from the solicitor of a previous employer. This is the second letter.


The first letter demanded an answer in 2 days from the date of the letter... which is logistically impossible as the letter took 2 days to my address.


The second letter - in reply to my letter - demands an answer in 7 days from the date of the letter... (29th Jan 2013) again... a very short time to come back to them with evidence.


They are calling me to my home number, looking at my professional profiles every day a few times, looking into my FB and abusing me on the phone... (this is an ex-employer)...


I need something to come back to their solicitors with as they are imposing deadlines that can't be met and also chasing me on the phone for a reply!



Expert:  James Mather replied 5 years ago.

They can put any timescale on they like.

However, it must be reasonable.

I would reply to their letter telling
them not to contact you except in writing or, you will refer the matter to the
police under the Protection from Harassment Act.

Tell them that you will also make a
formal complaint to the Legal Complaints Service at the Solicitors Regulation
Authority if they continue to harass you
in this way and make unreasonable demands.

Tell them to tell their client to stop
contacting you directly and tell them that you will report their clients to the
police also.

Tell them that you will reply to their
letter within 14 days. Then reply, within the 14 days.

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