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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. Firstly, I need to ask some initial questions to determine the legal position.
Does your evidence clearly state what you wanted and were prepared to pay for?
and how long ago was this?
Thank you. I will get back to you with my answer as soon as I can, which will be at some point today. The system will notify you when this happens. Please do not reply in the meantime as this may unnecessarily delay my response. Many thanks.
Many thanks for your patience. Whilst estimates are just that and not strictly legally binding, any additional costs must be reasonable and ideally to have been discussed with you at the time. For example, you should have been given an opportunity to consider these and decide whether to proceed with the further work on that basis or cut your losses there and then, or even just discuss options to keep the costs down.
So whilst she may be able to claim some extra costs for any genuine additional work, which would have been reasonable in the circumstances, she may struggle to recover the full demand from you and you could challenge this on that basis.
There s nothing stopping her from taking this further but as the claim will go to the Small Claims Court, it is very low risk for you and even if you lose you won’t have to pay her legal fees so your exposure to any large costs is limited.