peckerwood wrote:Yes, But this enquiry is about the validity of the claim.
Fine, but I was responding to your observation: "I think personal liability is limited to being negligent or fraudulent."
On the face of it the claim looks invalid - or to be more accurate no action can be brought on it. However, limitation is not entirely straightforward. If you came within some exception or there was some devil in the detail which had you, one would have expected it to have been pointed out. Since that is not the case you are probably in the clear. However, you cannot be sure without advice from an expert.
I add that I think it quite wrong, verging on the oppressive, for arms of government to make claims and not support them when asked. If they are saying limitation does not apply they should say why and not suggest you seek legal advice.