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What is the nature of the proceedings generally, ie the substantive claim?Alex
Ok - I assume this is a UK law question?
Did you sign any terms and conditions with A ? Did your wife sign conditions with A? Was anything signed to say you would be liable for wife's fees?
Ok - unless there is anything to the contrary then she would NOT be joint and severally liable for your debt. This would be highly unusual in any event and could be subject to challenge on a term for fairness. I cant see how they make the link for the offshore company because YOU instructed them.
So no, I dont think your wife is liable.
But given the value of the debt I would consider an IVA or bankruptcy.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?Alex
Correct. It could be subject to the SRA AND Legal Ombudsman - http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/
Does that clarify?Alex
Both. Any costs can be referred to the Court for assessment anyway.
Yes its under the SRA rules in code of conduct.
Yes, you consider IVA or bankruptcy, NOT our wife.
Does that clarify? Alex
If I could invite you to rate my answer before you go today please, otherwise the site does not credit me for the time spent with you today. Thanks and good luck. Alex
Once you are aware of proceedings you simply defend them. You are likely to have to send a representative to argue it for you. But you have a chance.
Yes in my view I think your circumstances fit. You defend on the basis when you get the petition, it will be listed for hearing. Then and only then can you defend it.
You should be served a statutory demand before any petition and again the you can apply to set aside on the basis of your defence above.
But there will be a hearing and either you or legal representative needs to attend. It can't and won't be decided on the papers.
Can I clairfy anything for you about this today please?