Our final hearing was Christmas week when I was ordered to pay my ex £20K. I had already given him £5K, so I now have to pay him £15K, within 28 days; however my ex has now written to me and told me his solicitor is no longer acting for him and told me to send the final settlement money direct to his bank account. According to his costs form H1, his legal fees up to the final hearing were £23K of which £13k had been paid, so he still owes his solicitor £10K. Should I pay him direct or contact his solicitor to ask where to send the money?
Hmm. You have been ordered to pay the settlement to him. If he has a debt to his solicitor then it is his responsibility to pay it. No doubt if he fails to do so they will enforce the debt. If they claim their costs for doing so he could very well end up with nothing.
Have you had sight of the order yet?? Does that specify where the payment should be directed? I would be reluctant to pay without seeing it.
Thank for your quick response. I received the order yesterday, it directs that ‘the wife shall pay to the husband a lump sum of £xx’, so I guess I pay my ex and leave it to his solicitor to chase unpaid fees?
Incidentally the order has the wrong date of the hearing, does this invalidate the order, should it be corrected?