Summerfield Browne continues to represent clients being pursued by business rates company RVA Surveyors, a recent matter against RVA featured in a national newspaper below
Our client did not dispute having signed a contract in 2013 however refuted having met with another representative of RVA Surveyors, let alone having signed a further contract in 2014, less than a year later.
RVA Surveyors failed to provide any evidence or explanation to support why a second contract was allegedly entered into or why the handwriting in both contracts appeared to be the same.
After considering the evidence presented and comparing the two contracts the Deputy District Judge advised that it was reasonable for him to consider that it was the same handwriting on both contracts and on the balance of probabilities they were written by the same person. The Deputy District Judge concluded that the second contract was fraudulent, and the Claimant’s claim was dismissed.
On the small claims track the general rule is both parties bear their own costs. However, after robust submissions were made on behalf of our client the Deputy District Judge agreed that an unreasonable costs order was appropriate and that this was a case where costs outside fixed costs were appropriate and awarded costs on an indemnity basis.
If you too are being pursued by RVA Surveyors and require legal advice, please contact our offices on 01858 414 284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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