My advice to you would be to remove the statement and to tell the solicitors that you have done so.
You can issue a failed apology (not a public one, purely to the solicitor) saying you’re sorry he is offended.
Sometimes, extremely brief replies
It would be brief words along the lines of “thank you for your letter of the 5th of June, the contents of which are noted.
I confirm that I have removed the statement and I formally apologise if you’re client has been offended thereby.
As far as I’m concerned this now closes the matter.
It depends whether you want to risk going to court. I appreciate you stand by everything that you have said but there is never a guaranteed outcome in court and both parties go to court having been told by their solicitors they have a good chance of success but nonetheless one of them loses.
It also depends on how much money he has to take the matter to court although if he wins and proves his case, he could get those costs awarded against you and vice versa if you win. That could easily run into tens of thousands of pounds in legal costs alone and probably several times that in damages improve defamation.
Alternatively, you can reply to each of the points you make (I have not scoured your documentation in detail because that would take a couple of hours to formulate a complete reply.
I would be happy to look at any letter that you want to send but if you do want to uphold what you say and stand by it, you need to be prepared to go to court and pay the costs if you lose.
If you are going down that line, you need to reply to each point they make and admitting or denying what was said putting them to strict proof of anything which they allege was said but which actually is incorrect.
It’s worthwhile mentioning that at this stage, by the time instructions had been taken and the complete facts had been taken down by the solicitor and this letter has been put together, I don’t think he will have had much change out of £600 or £700. Now that might be as far as he wants to go financially but he’s already made a considerable outlay so you need to bear that in mind.
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