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Ash, Solicitor
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Hi there, I have had a writ served on me, the N293A is signed

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Hi there,
I have had a writ served on me,
the N293A is signed as pp shoosmiths as the claimants soliocitor
Part 3 of the form is signed as shoosmiths

firstly are these signatures valid - no name or signature is detailed

secondly part 2 of the form is initialed by an officer of the court.... the initials look EXTREMELY similar to the signatures of shoosmiths.... is a court official alloed to sign for a solicitor this looks very wrong
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 4 years ago.

Alex Watts : Hello my name is Alex and I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return You do not need to wait here as you will get an email when I reply.
Alex Watts : Part 2 can only be signed by the Court, so yes a court officer has to sign / initial this.
Alex Watts : Yes the signature is valid in part 3 because I assume the Claimant is represented. So yes the firm is signing on behalf of their client.
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
JACUSTOMER-wgu73wth- :

hi there,

Alex Watts : hello.
Alex Watts : If it had been sealed by the court it is a valid writ.
Alex Watts : That is the bottom line.
JACUSTOMER-wgu73wth- :

the initial of the court officer is pretty much identical to the signatures... can the officer of the court sign for the solicitor?

Alex Watts : No, but then you can't prove it's one and the same.
Alex Watts : If it was not signed the court officer would have sent it back.
JACUSTOMER-wgu73wth- :

i have applied for the writ to be stayed and am in court next week for it

Alex Watts : Ok
JACUSTOMER-wgu73wth- :

can i ask who did sign the form?

Alex Watts : You can but its not relevant p
JACUSTOMER-wgu73wth- :

these signature are absolutely no doubt the same it it a very particular style.... if i complained and it was found to be done would the writ be overturned?

Alex Watts : No.
Alex Watts : Either the writ is owing is it is not,
Alex Watts : The court staff would not have signed the writ
Alex Watts : They would have returned it
Alex Watts : And the judge will not be impressed if you suggest they have.
JACUSTOMER-wgu73wth- :

on another note.. the fees charged by the HCEO are extortionate approx 1500 on a bill of 3800 with 1 visit...

Alex Watts : You can apply to assess the fees but that is a different issue.
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JACUSTOMER-wgu73wth- :

thanks for your help :0)

Alex Watts : No problem
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