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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #513373 by Ersuf
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Received bundle form my ex's solicitor and she has asked if she can ring me before the first appointment, due to take place over the telephone, 'to have a brief conversation about the case and responses to questionnaires? ' as 'The more we can agree then the shorter the hearing will be.'

Is this usual. Not sure what we can agree on as nothing really has been discussed.

Any help gratefully received. Feeling very nervous.

Angie
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2 months 1 week ago #513375 by .Charles
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The first appointment is a case management meeting. This means that the judge manages the case using directions. One of those directions might be the valuation of a property. However, if the parties are in agreement on the value of the property, that agreement can be recorded in the order and there doesn't need to be a valuation.

Similarly, if the parties can agree on which questions are to be answered, you can each make a start on answering them and maybe use the first appointment as an FDR (which is usually the second stage).

It would be worthwhile speaking to the lawyer. If you are unsure or feel pressured, write down the issue whilst you on the phone and tell them you will think about and schedule a further call later in the day or another day prior to the hearing.

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2 months 1 week ago #513376 by Ersuf
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Thanks Charles. I wasn't aware we could agree on the questions ourselves. I thought the judge would do that. So it's normal practice for the solicitor to speak with the other side and try to agree which questions to answer?

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2 months 1 week ago #513377 by .Charles
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Solicitors speak to each other and, in a normal Court situation, are meant to liaise with each other immediately prior to the hearing to try to reach an agreement.

This assists the Court as a judge would rather make directions that are agreed rather than force the will of the Court on the parties.

If you are a litigant in person you are the point of contact rather than your solicitor so discussion with you is normal.

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