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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 today.
Have you considered issuing a claim against both Local Authorities?
they are public bodies so would be excluded - you would need to deal with it via the paper method, form N1 (attached).
Before issuing court proceedings though a letter before claim is required. Was one sent? If not, this need to be done - pre-action conduct is taken seriously by the courts given that litigation is seen as a last resort by the court.
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