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no, it isn't blackmail.
it is just a claim for money. He may or may not have a claim but that doesn't make it blackmail.
Blackmail would be something like a threat to do violence if you did not pay.
That is not to say that you are liable though. Just that it is not blackmail.
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Another lawyer may have a different opinion. Litigation needs at least 2 parties and neither goes to court expecting to lose.
Nonetheless, one of them does, even though they have been told by their respective legal advisers that they have a good chance of success.
If there was a black-and-white answer to every legal problem there would be no need for anything to ever proceed to court.
The ultimate decision comes from a county court judge in a civil case or from the magistrate in a criminal case heard in the magistrates court or the jury in Crown Court.
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Yes, but you know whether you are liable or not.
Then just refuse to pay and invite them to sue if they disagree.
Yes, they won't be allowed to revive it if there has been a formal NFA but he would make fresh allegations.