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Solicitor acknowledgement (5 Posts)
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18 October, 2017 10:25AM
Solicitor acknowledgement
Outland47 - 18 October, 2017 10:25AM
Hello all.

I am about to sit our another hearing.

Through email, the Applicant keeps on wanting to know if I am being represented by/with a Solicitor.

I am obliged to tell the Applicant if I have a Solicitor with me, for the court hearing, or can I not bother answering please?

Why should the Applicant know?
Re: Solicitor acknowledgement
Bubblegum - 19 October, 2017 10:57PM
Why do you want to keep it from the applicant?

I guess it would be helpful for the other party to know how many copies of documents are required.
Re: Solicitor acknowledgement
Outland47 - 20 October, 2017 08:09AM
The other party is sending me the copy of documents, so there's no need there.

The Applicant would then feel it is necessary to also have a Solicitor, as it stands the Applicant doesn't have one.

Could be advantageous to me????
Re: Solicitor acknowledgement
Bubblegum - 20 October, 2017 11:12PM
If you instruct a solicitor wouldn't they go on the court record as your legal rep.
I guess it all depends on whether you are a litigant in person or not.

I did not use a solicitor. But I did use a direct access barrister for hearings instead. By doing this I was still a litigant in person. Had I instructed a solicitor I would have no longer been a litigant in person and my understanding is that all correspondence would go through the solicitor so the other party would be aware.

In my case my ex did not know who my barrister was or the fact that I had one, until the day of the hearing.
Re: Solicitor acknowledgement
Outland47 - 20 October, 2017 11:46PM
Okay thanks.

Simply, I need to know, if the Applicant has the legal right to know if I have a Solicitor with me on the day of hearing or not?

Why do I need to inform the Applicant of such information. All paperwork is coming directly to me.
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