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hi all,

 

i need some help with solicitors fees. i took my civil claim for a used car i purchased to a solicitor as i was not getting anywhere with the car dealer i purchased from.

 

long story short, the solicitor had my file for 3 years, ran the case into the ground, i paid £17k in costs, the solicitor then came off file when i refused to pay any further money. now the solicitors firm want another £8000. in the end the solicitor did absolutely nothing for me, i didn't win the case nor did i lose it. the dealer in the end repaired the car and gave it back to me, for the privilege i paid a solicitor £17k.

 

what i don't understand is, if my case had no prospect of winning why did they pursue it down the fast track route, instead of offering me legal advice, i was always asked, what i want to do, it was extremely reactive in nature. there would have been a better chance to pursue the defendant for costs in relation to make the car road worthy, the repair would have cost between £2000-£3000 maximum and we could have pursued it smalls claims.

 

they are threatening court action if i don't pay and i really need to know what i can do?? i have been bled dry and dont have any more money to pay another solicitor.

 

really hope someone can help me

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Have you had a proper accounting of the work they did (or didnt do) for you ?

 

I agree, this does sound like an awful lof of money - you could have purchased a new car !!

 

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Hopefully you complained to the solicitors, hopefully you have done that in writing.

 

Then you needs to lodge a complaint with Legal Ombudsman:-

 

http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/report-solicitor.page

 

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See http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/for-the-public/paying-for-legal-services/. You can ask for a court assessment of the bill but there are strict time limits.

 

The first thing is to ask the solicitor for a break down of the bill, and then make a formal complaint if you feel the work was inappropriate. You should also check your original engagement letter.

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You should ask your solicitor fur a formal bill with a full breakdown before you make any complaint.

 

What I don't understand is why you say it was pursued on the fast track? Where Court proceedings issued?

 

If the repairs were only around £3k it would have been small claims and even if you won in Court you would still have to pay your own legal costs.

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