I made a complaint against my previous representative because he did not behave in a respectful way toward me. My complaint was upheld by his manager.
I sent a claim form for a small claim against him to the County Court Money Claims Centre. He has changed of employer and unfortunately he has a name which is very widespread and as a consequence I have not been able to find his personal address so I have used in the claim form the address of his new employer that I found in his LinkedIn profile as address for service on the defendant .
Unfortunately my claim form has been returned to me by County Court Money Claims Centre with a covering letter saying that I can use a business address only if the defendant is running a business at this address. Otherwise I need to make an application to the court for permission to use the address of the defendant’s employer as address for service on the defendant.
I would like to know if someone know a way to avoid to make such application because I would like to avoid to pay the £100 court fee of his application and more importantly I would like to avoid the risk of having this application refused by the court.
I would like to know if I do not have to make this application for the following reasons?:
• He is an unregistered barrister. So maybe I can use as address for service the Bar Council?
• He work for a law firm. He does not work anymore as a lawyer because he works now as a legal assistant. So maybe I can use his email address of the law firm where he works?
• He is my previous representative. So I do not know if I can use as address for service the address of his previous employer when he was my representative