Apologies for the long explanation but wanted to give a proper background.
I''ve been using a firm of solicitors for 2 years so far and got my decree nici. I also used a mediation service whilst also getting advice from my solicitor. During the time I have been using this firm, 2 of my solicitors have left. As there have been periods in time where they have not been working on my situation, I understand changes in employment happen, but I have only found out when I have been in touch with an update or request for legal advice. I have found that the legal advice I was given during mediation was contradicted by the solicitor then allocated to my case. The latest solicitor allocated has only recently qualified. As the settlement process has reached stalemate, on the latest legal advice, a letter has been drafted outlining the settlement points, which if not agreed will proceed to court.
In my last meeting (of which I have had three in total over the two year period), I explained that I was struggling funding the expenses of their services, and wanted to keep costs down. I have now been presented with a bill for £1600, (taking my bill to over £6000), which includes the time of the head of the law firm reviewing my case and advising the newly qualified solicitor. I believed that by a change of solicitor through no fault of my own would not be down to me to cover the costs and if the junior solicitor needed guidance I would not be paying for this on top of her fees?
I am really stressing about meeting these and further costs, but feel I have limited options other than accepting the terms my ex has provisionally agreed to which my solicitor(s) have strongly advised me not to, or proceeding with the case with this firm rather than potentially start again and incur even more costs.