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Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Republic of Ireland) and happy to help you this evening.
Can I ask how much the deposit was for?
Thanks, do you have access to a UK address? If not, you would need to instruct a UK law firm to pursue them for the 11,000 euro for you. I asked how much as if it was 5,000 euro or less you could avail of the European Small Claims procedure - a simple form which is filled out and the case is decided on paper by a judge.
Would you like recommendations for law firms?
I have a template letter which may work and may result in the refund - you would have to send one to him in any event to warn him about court proceedings. Would you like me to send you the template?
Can you go to this link and it shows you how to upload:
Thanks, I agree that you should pursue them. It would cost 25 euro to issue a cross border claim for up to 5,000 euro. But for a claim of 11,000 euro, you would either need a UK address to be able to use the money claims online website, or instruct a UK law firm (if you chose the latter then they would not do this on a "no win no fee" arrangements because they cannot recover their own legal costs in a small claim).
I recommend you send the defendant a letter before action (template attached) and see if this works. If they ignore the letter then you would need to think about suing them like I mentioned above. In terms of a criminal prosecution, in the UK only the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) can do this - you would need to report the matter to the UK Police authorities to see if they would do anything about this. Your loss is 11,000 euro though so my view is that you pursue this man for that amount and then report him to the Police.
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Sure, I will be available later so we will speak then.
I am not sure because each law firm is different - they may have a fixed fee service (try http://www.stephensons.co.uk or http://www.slatergordon.co.uk) but I can't comment for any law firm with what they will charge.
Yes, the CPS can only pursue fraud charges. The Police need to be notified first.
If you try http://www.irwinmitchell.com
I will ask customer services to refund you the membership fee. Thanks