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    • uncommonadvice
    • By uncommonadvice 17th Jul 17, 9:15 AM
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    Debtor traced, pre-action sent, what next?
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    • 17th Jul 17, 9:15 AM
    Debtor traced, pre-action sent, what next? 17th Jul 17 at 9:15 AM
    I received a judgement for £8000+ back in November 2016. This is regarding a former tenant. My solicitors traced him and sent a "pre-action" letter with no response. I would now like to take this further but my relationship with the solicitor has broken down. What should be my next step?

    The solicitor has never provided me with a copy of the judgement and they didn't reveal the address of the ex-tenant.

    When I asked the solicitor what to do next they basically said "nothing until you pay us £XXX", and trust me that £XXX was a large amount of money and had never been mentioned until that point (I had paid requests from them up to that point).

    This is a well known local firm of Solicitors with a long history.

    Any pointers would be gratefully received.
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    • Manxman in exile
    • By Manxman in exile 17th Jul 17, 1:22 PM
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    Drip drip drip. It's like pulling teeth with some posters.

    Surely when they said you owe them money, you asked them what for?

    Care to share the outcome of that conversation?
    Originally posted by mrginge

    I suggested on another board that this site should advertise a full time vacancy for a dentist to scan new posts in a sort of triage process before new posts are allowed.
    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 17th Jul 17, 1:52 PM
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    TBagpuss
    They are saying I owe them money, and that they won't carry on until I pay up.
    Originally posted by uncommonadvice
    perfectly standard. Ask them for an invoice, and then pay it.

    if you believe that amount they are asking for is wrong, then make a formal complaint.

    Their complaints procedure would normally be provided in your client care letter sent when the file was opened. If it wasn't, then ask them for it.

    Solicitors have a 'lien' over a file allowing them to keep it until they are paid any bill which is due.

    If you don't understand how the bill has been worked out ask for a break down.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 17th Jul 17, 2:03 PM
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    G_M
    I received a judgement for £8000+ back in November 2016.

    The solicitor has never provided me with a copy of the judgement
    Originally posted by uncommonadvice
    How can you possiby have gone 8 months witthout demanding this?

    Have you contacted the court officials and asked for a copy of the judgement?

    Have you any idea how the solicitor traced the defendant? A private investigator, for example, might explain the unexpected high bill....

    But if the solicitor can trace them, then surely you can too.
    • aneary
    • By aneary 17th Jul 17, 2:13 PM
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    aneary
    How can you possiby have gone 8 months witthout demanding this?

    Have you contacted the court officials and asked for a copy of the judgement?

    Have you any idea how the solicitor traced the defendant? A private investigator, for example, might explain the unexpected high bill....

    But if the solicitor can trace them, then surely you can too.
    Originally posted by G_M
    The solicitor has the details the OP just needs to pay his bill then he can have the file, what ever he does he will still have to pay the bill or face a judgement against himself. So he might as well pay the bill get all the information and then decide what to do.
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