I just received a copy letter from ex''s solicitor sent to my solicitor. I didn''t get a copy of what my solicitor sent but as far as I know it was an offer letter, stating that I would need a bit more from the 50/50 split he thinks he is entitled to in order for me to take on the mortgage on the home that myself and my daughter live in (not the marital home, we sold that and bought to houses in both names while we trial separated - I want to take on the mortgage on mine as part of the settlement but cannot afford 80k on a part time income!!)
His solicitor stated to mine that the ''Calderbank procedure'' is no longer in use or relevant.
A Calderbank offer is an offer to settle in the form of a "without prejudice save as to costs" letter. If the offer is not accepted then, in some cases the side not accepting can be ordered to pay costs, though this is rare. I do not know if the law has changed so that Calderbank offers are no longer in use.
Hope that helps,
Oh dear o dear...can''t say I''ve been impressed with my solicitor so far so maybe this shouldnt be a surprise.
So far I''ve had incorrect dates, incorrect amounts stated, incorrect addresses, attachments missing, I received someone else''s divorce letter, turned up for an appointment that the secretary swore was the next day and was very rude to me when I turned up (I know I didn''t make a mistake on the date as I put it in my calendar as she said "TOMORROW would be fine to come in". I put all the above down to secretarial incompetency but now I''m beginning to wonder!
Do you get a substandard service using legal aid???