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15 Jul 2008 12:00 AM by Linda2610 Star rating in Essex. 3 posts Send private message

My situation is that i paid a deposit (around £20k) for an off-plan property in 2005, and my lawyers are those recommended by the agent.  Completion dates were put back several times.  As per the terms of the contract I opted to withdraw (original completion date NOv 2006; opted to withdraw Aug 2007). According to the lawyers the developer agreed to release me from the contract; the lawyers drew up a document for them to sign, and apparently heard nothing more.  After weeks/months of chasing my lawyers i was advised that my file should be sent to litigation, which in essence i agreed to (during discussion by phone) and it was sent, but then i was advised of litigation fees etc which in my ignorance i did not foresee and was not advised of in the first instance. In fact i have received very little clarification of anything in writing from them, certainly not copies of correspondence between them and the developer.  I have outlined my 'concerns'  as to the service I have received, and raised some pertinent questions to my lawers in an email, which they appear to be avoiding replying to.  Unfortunately the office i used to speak with can no longer deal with my case because my file is with litigation.  I have no relationship with the litigation department and am finding them very difficult.

In the intermin period I recd information from another source that the developer has completed the property.  I have been informed by my lawyers that I need to act asap re instructing litigation, however they still fail to address my 'concerns'.  How can one be sure the lawyer is acting independently?

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15 Jul 2008 3:55 PM by mariadecastro Star rating in Algeciras (Cadiz). 9388 posts Send private message

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Dear Linda:

I am afraid I just can say that if you are not comfortable with current lawyers, you should look for different ones. The Uk Embassy have a list of recommended lawyers.

Best regards,

Maria L. de Castro


Maria L. de Castro, JD, MA



El blog de Maria

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25 Aug 2008 10:31 AM by Alicante Lawyer Star rating. 17 posts Send private message

It is strange that litigation department do not communicate with you. Looks like your office do not have a litigation department and is subcontracting the service to a specialiced Law office. 

Ask them to infom you who is the Lawyer managing with your file and a copy of the claim done on Courts where it is showed name of the lawyer. 

If you are not comfortable with the service just change. 

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