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By the way | A thorny issue

Between payment-dodging clients, wary claimants and silence from opposing solicitors, Catherine Burtinshaw is struggling to make her caseload behave

15 August 2013

My caseload is currently presenting me with some thorny issues. There is a particular privately paying client with whom I have been dealing for some time now. He has one of those soothing voices which one could listen to all day, and has always been most affable. His case went quiet for a time but recently blew up with renewed vigour, as they sometimes do. We have just achieved an excellent settlement for him but a sour note crept in when I mentioned the prospect of our final invoice. The only problems which I have previously encountered with him arose from the same subject matter. It seems that results are great, right up until the work which went into achieving them falls to be paid for.

A more classic problem in my line of work has reared its head on another file on which limitation will expire this month. The claimant needs to decide whether she really wants to pursue the matter, in which case she'll have to find the money to pay an after the event (ATE)...

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