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Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer. I will be the lawyer working with you today.Sorry to hear of the issue. I will set out my written answer shortly.
The EX160 form is a fee exemption, if you are on a low income, have low savings or in receipt of benefits. If you do not sign it, the law firm will have to pay the court fees. It sounds like the lawyer is arguing the other party may dispute their costs entitlement at the conclusion of the claim. If you do not sign it, you also risk breaching your retainer with the law firm meaning they may stop acting for you and look to you for payment of their charges to date. So that is a big risk to you for obvious reasons.
It does seem strange to ask you to sign it if you can evidence you have the savings - as it would mean you wouldn't qualify for the fee remission in any event. You may need to consider a complaint to the law firm, and if that doesn't resolve this, go to the Legal Ombudsman to ask them to help : https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/information-centre/consumer-resources/bringing-a-complaint-to-us/
If you sign a statement of truth knowing the contents of the form to be false then you could be held in contempt of court, so perhaps run that past the paralegal. You need to speak to their supervisor in my view.
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Hi Jill, thanks - best of luck with it. Jim