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Ashley Law wins case but faces legal bill

Ashley Law has won a long-standing legal battle against an ex-member.

Former franchisee Chris Wilson was claiming £70,000 in commission and damages in a claim first lodged in 2003.

However, at Guildford county court last week, Judge Reid dismissed Wilson’s seven claims and Ashley Law director Jock Cassidy says the judge branded Wilson a “difficult witness”.

But Ashley Law lost a counter-claim against Wilson and Cassidy estimates the two sides’ legal fees at £80,000. Cassidy says the dispute started after Wilson’s contract was terminated in 2002, with Wilson lodging a claim for unpaid commission the following year.

Wilson accused Ashley Law of failing to carry out its obligations to promote his franchise and wanted his fee returned. But Cassidy says Wilson set up a competing firm in 1998 which breached the contract.

Cassidy says: “There are no winners in a case like this. I doubt if there will be much change left from £80,000 after both sides’ legal fees are paid.”


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