Approximately 18 months ago following my fathers dath, my mother came to live with me and my family. The intention was to extend our house to incorporate a two story Granny flat and utiity room to the rear of our house. We initially asked an architect if he could produce construction drawings for the project. However, following two estimates from seperate builders of circa £70,000 to construct and fit out, we decided this was out of our price range and decided to convert our double garage instead.
I asked my wife to inform the architect that we wouldnt require his services due to the change of construction. She told me that she did this via email. The architect turned up at our house during the week whilst I was at work saying that he needed to take some measurements, my wife thought that I had agreed to this and let him in. apparently he was at our house for around 30 mins taking measurements.
In the meantime, we had approached a garage conversion specialist who could do a turn key project for us, drawings, planning permission and construction for circa £11,000.
We engaged the garage specialist and they took measurements, applied for planning permission and supplied construction drawings.
In the meantime my mother had decided that she would rather have some independance and decided to ove into sheltered housing. Despite her decision, we paid the garage specialist for the drawings that they produced and for their time at our house plus we also paid for the planning permission.
Then, I received notice that the architect had applied for a judgement against me for the sum of £750. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the original hearing(neither did the architect) and the judgement against was passed. However I have sinced succesfully applied to have the judgement set aside. This was done at a hearing at Birmingham county court, the claimant has supplied his evidence and it is made up entirely of emails between him and my wife. There is an email in the pack detailing terms and conditions, but I never saw this until I was given a copy in court.
There is no signed copy by either myself or my wife,and furthermore, if he had an agreement with my wife, why should I be the one to go to court?