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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
How long ago was this?
Sorry, I have looked into your query in more detail but unfortunately it is not something I can assist with. I will therefore ‘opt out’ and a colleague better placed to deal with the nature of your query should hopefully pick this up soon. Please do not reply in the meantime as that will just assign the question back to me and you will experience a delay. Thank you
Hello, this is Jim and I am a dual-qualified lawyer (UK & Republic of Ireland) happy to help you this evening.
So your ex is now going back on the verbal agreement?
Thanks, so what is the basis for her claim? I don't see a claim with any merit from reading your question - is she planning to issue a small claim?
Well, the loss is hers to bear - I am not quite sure why she says you have to pay her. I can detail how to reply to the small claim if she issues one.
My view is that if she issues a claim against you, it would get struck out. A claim has to have merit - if it doesn't then you can apply to strike out (which is easy to do).
The immediate concern is her issuing a claim - so if/when she does, the court will send you a response pack. See attached. The main thing to bear in mind is when the court sends you documents, fill them in and return them as soon as possible. Otherwise your ex can obtain default judgment against you (for delaying).
I recommend you pay her nothing. If she issues a claim, fill out the response pack which the court will send to you. The claim is then defended. I can tell you how to apply to strike out (you'd need to wait for the claim to be issued first though - so come back to me if you need to).
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