In two years I have asked myself many times – is Miss Emily Slater of Cohen Cramer Solicitors, Leeds, incompetent or just appalling at checking details? Either way, not quite what you’d expect – certainly if I was paying for this level of such elementary mistakes I would be furious (but then I am not Nick Statman). I always thought solicitors were supposed to be intelligent, diligent and with a high degree of attention to detail but when you can’t even fill out a High Court form correctly with your own clients name what hope is there ??? One has to then start looking at every miniscule detail of what you are being accused of and what documents have been sent to you.
In my two years as litigant in person I have been astonished at the very basic level of mistakes made by such a supposed competent solicitor. I am also amazed at the quantity of mistakes – astonishing for someone who graduated from law school! However, English Civil Law does allow our overpaid legal representatives to make such repeated basic errors – commonly known apparently as the “slip rule”.
As I document the last two years of being a litigant in person (i.e. represent yourself) here on my blog I will try and take you through some of the lessons I have learnt in how to approach defending yourself if someone should decide to sue you through our wonderful legal system.
LESSON 1 – Check EVERY Detail Of EVERY Piece Of Correspondence
If you check the images below or download this PDF you will see on the nice letter from Miss Emily Slater she quotes the companies in question as (1) Gateway Homes Nationwide Franchise Ltd & (2) Gateway Homes UK Ltd
Then when you read the completed Claim Form N1 company (1) has changed its name to Gateway Homes NATIONAL Franchise Ltd – mistake number 1.
Then when you read the N244 Application Form company (1) has changed its name to Gateway Homes NATIONAL Franchise Ltd AND company (2) has changed its name to Gateway Homes Ltd – mistake number 2 and mistake number 3
More importantly the witness statement of Mr Nick Statman contained multiple inaccuracies (sorry, can’t show the copies for legal reasons) BUT a 40 page contract submitted in evidence contained multiple errors – solicitors mistake number 4!
Multiple mistakes were also made in the “attached court order” to the N244 Application – see here Mr Justice Butterfield’s comments on Mr Matthew Richardson’s Note of Hearing 1st March 2012
“About” Footnotes :
Solicitor : Miss Emily Slater, Cohen Cramer Solicitors (Libel and Slander “Disputes” Team) – Miss Slater deals with “Reputation Management” amongst other things.
Barrister(s) : Mr Matthew Richardson, Henderson Chambers and Mr Adam Richardson, Warwick House Chambers
Claimants : Gateway Homes UK Ltd, Gateway Homes Nationwide Franchise Ltd have the same owners/directors/managers as Prop Buy Ltd, Speedy Properties Ltd, Tom Craven Properties Ltd