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Sorry but my reply to your message went off accidentally before I finished. She (matrimonial solicitor) finally dropped me a few days before the meeting with the property partner was due to take place, so it did not happen (I think he would have backed me and she would have lost face).
No she has not collected any money yet. She is waiting for me to die (I hope she has a long wait!) or to sell and last year I did consider selling my flat but I have changed my mind and since I don't need to sell they may have a long wait. No attempt has been made to collect but on the court papers they presented themselves as solicitors acting for the claimant whereas as solicitors they were acting for themselves. I think this was to justify an entitlement to interest. I have not looked at their file for some time now.
I did appeal against the interim judgment but could not get anywhere, but they seemed happy to just drop it (but they sent a senior partner to court against me).
The two charges on my flat are a problem if I sell but what I am concerned about is having lost my house and my belongings as well as my reputation in a way which was totally unwarranted/unjustified by (1) any reference to the Law of Property Act 1925 (which cannot be overruled by the matrimonial law, (2) any of the requirements of Section 25 as these ought to have worked in my favour (if I had had a solicitor to represent me).
Sorry about writing so much...
No I don't remember challenging the Bill in court. I know that I have since written to the firm to ask what Karen actually did for me whilst she was my solicitor (on the basis that solicitors are providing a service and if it is useless and even makes things worse for their client, why are they still entitled to money?). I will get back into this particular file, if you think we need precise answers.
I did not challenge their bill through the proper channels within the required timeframe.