Well, Friday is D-Day... I'm being sued by my divorce lawyer for unpaid fees after I withheld payment due to what I consider to be negligence on his part. Long story, but he failed to act on instructions which resulted in the final divorce settlement being withdrawn.
My argument is that he effectively undid a lot of the work already paid for, caused me a lot of additional work and an unquantifiable amount of stress.
I've submitted all the documentation to the court, now I just need to prepare the delivery of my defence. But having never been to court, I'm not sure how much time I'll be allowed and what is the usual procedure.
Obviously, being up against lawyers, there's a danger of them trying to make me look like a clueless muppet, any advice that may avoid this would be greatly appreciated.
As an aside, they wrote to me last week to tell me my defence stood no chance and invited me to "withdraw forthwith". They also included a para stating that if attendance at final hearing is necessary, they reserve the right to refer to this and previous correspondence to demonstrate my "unreasonable conduct".
I intend to reply and remind them that it isn't "unreasonable" to refer a matter like this to the county court! I might also suggest that I will use their letter to demonstrate their intimidation tactics!