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My son applied postponement in a case that he brought

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My son applied for a postponement in a case for Compensation that he brought against his bank and this has been denied.
He has until the 8th July to submit a defence but I cannot find a solicitor to take it on as
a) it is short notice
b) my son is not contactable until 8th - he is working in the jungle in Africa.
c) they do not have time to carry out 'money laundering' checks as they have to submit paperwork by next Wednesday.
I have copies of all the paperwork previously submitted to the Court but they have made no mention of this in their reply. They have replied:
* The Claimant's request for an adjournment is refused
* The judgment dated 11th January 2016 (ordering the bank to pay as they failed to respond to the Court Order) is set aside and any registration of judgment is cancelled forthwith
* The Defendant is to file and serve a Defence by 4pm on Friday 8th July 2016
* Directions Questionnaores to be filed and served thereafter
* Costs in case
I find myself lost in a maze of legal-speak and I need advice on how I can move forward on this please.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you.

Have you tried a public access barrister at all yet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't understand "public access barrister" the 52euro charge in addition to the 66 euro charge for the answer?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I only ask as I am retired and do not have unlimited funds

No dont worry about that we can keep it online.

A public access Barrister is one which can be instructed direct to do things like drafting with a Solicitor.

So if you google search public access barrister you will see:

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Alex but I don't think so. We are out of office hours today and, being of more mature years, I prefer to sit down with someone face-to-face which, obviously, I cannot do.
I thought, in contacting Citizens Advice as advised by a solicitor I spoke to this afternoon, that I would be able to make an appointment at a local CAB office and speak to someone.
Thank you for your feedback. I will give some thought to contacting a Barrister. I am not sure that it will be financially possible for me to take this route but I will consider my options.

Ok - Direct barristers are quite good value. You could get a defence drafted for about £250 + VAT

Does that clarify? Alex

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I'm not sure we need a defence as we are the Claimant - that's why I need to sit down with someone and talk about what is needed. It's the price of representation at the future hearing that concerns me.
But thanks anyway

The price of representation will depend on the cost of the claim.

If you get a Barrister to take it on a no win no fee then there wont be an issue if you lose.

But the Court set Barrister rates. These are generally:

For claims up to £3000 - £500 + VAT

£3001 to £10,000 - £710 + VAT

£10,001 - £15,000 - £1050 + VAT

£15,001 - £25,000 - £1750 + VAT

Does that clarify? Alex

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you...........we are aiming to win so the "no win, no fee" situation may probably not concern me.
However it gives me a "ball park" figure to work with. Thank you

Sure. Good luck. Those are the Court set fees so you certainly shouldnt be paying more than this.

Does that help? Alexx

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well, it gives me the information that, if I'd been a bit more savvy, I could have saved myself 66 euros! But never mind. I gather from talking to my cousin that we are at a distinct disadvantage now so I might go for the "no win no fee" option.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Having contacted a barrister as you suggested. I am told that there are almost no barristers who do "no win, no fee". And the barrister's fees are higher than you quoted - I'm presuming that this is because he is in London?

They shouldnt be.

You can try Barristers here:


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's exactly what I did. I contacted "my" and I was recommended to a barrister from them.
I am presuming that, as I've not agreed to anything, I do not have to go with their recommendation and so I can search elsewhere.

No. Thats right. Alex

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you