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It is unlikely that the solicitor is dishonest. His client may be dishonest and it is just that the solicitor has to believe his client.
Is the pavement owned by the shop or is it part of the highway?
What did he allegedly have the accident on?
What was your counterclaim for? It’s most unusual for a defendant in a negligence claim to have a counterclaim and normally things only struck out if the judge believes there is no grounds for the counterclaim.
Are you saying that the shop was closed on 4 July and remained close thereafter and he subsequently had an accident sometime in November?
You say you are not trading. Was the shop actually closed for the duration?
Has this been to court yet? Did the court find against you apart from striking out the counterclaim which could be done before the hearing.?