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What the Hec?

Catherine Burtinshaw joins the mafia

10 January 2011

It’s not often that I’m rendered speechless but a recent letter from an opponent had precisely that effect. I’ve been corresponding with various fee earners at this particular firm for two and a half years now. I have tended to send letters by both email and post from the outset, using whichever email address appears on their most recent letter. I hope you’ll agree it all sounds pretty sensible so far.

Things went rather wobbly recently, when after a silence of over four months I received a letter requesting documentation from us which they required to comply with a court order in separate proceedings. The date for compliance was in just three days. I drafted a response at the first opportunity to advise that we did not have the documents sought.

Before responding, I had contacted my client to ensure that he did indeed not have the documentation in question, only to be told that my opponents had telephoned his office that morning to ask the same question. Hmm. An...

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