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29 Aug 12 #352589 by maggie
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Just checked with court on the progress of our application to vary sent to court at the end of July - court file showed the application docs received but returned to his solicitor because the fee cheque was signed by him and not by his solicitor.
Is this normal?

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29 Aug 12 #352595 by dukey
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I don`t actually know Maggie, its sounds odd though, around a year ago i took a form A to court for a friend and used a cheque from my account to pay while he was abroad, it went through ok.

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29 Aug 12 #352597 by maggie
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Thanks dukey - very on edge about it all but I thought it was odd - the court officer said the cheque hadn''t bounced - it just wasn''t accepted by them - sounded as though if someone was represented they wouldn''t accept cheques from anyone except the solicitor.
.......his solicitor didn''t sign any of the application documents either.........
my paranoia at full throttle.

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29 Aug 12 #352599 by dukey
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Maggie not all solicitors do sign applications in fact some don`t seem to like signing they ask the client, nothing to worry about there.

Ive called my local court (they know me well ;)) the clerk says they don`t even check who wrote the cheque/signed it, only to make sure it is made out to HMCTS, in his words its the payment that matters not who pays.

Thinking about it there are plenty of wiki`s who use cheques from the royal bank of mam and dad without problem, pedantic court officer maybe?.

I don`t think anything sinister is going on though Maggie.

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29 Aug 12 #352629 by .Charles
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My local court will not accept cheques from a party who has legal representation. Only from litigants in person.

The reasoning is that litigants in person often present cheques that bounce whereas solicitors do not.

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