Thanks again Drakan – the other thing the lawyer did not do was to ensure there was a copy of the plans attached to the contract despite us saying that he should get a signed copy of the plans. Additionally the “plans attached” are specifically mentioned in the contract. When we eventually got the plans they were different to what we had understood the contract was for. I have emails specifically requesting the lawyer to get the plans at the time of completing the contract.
Does this make any difference? does it make our case stronger?
The other thing there was a cash payment as part of the deposit that the lawyer handled – he did not discourage this – should he have told us not to make this cash payment? Is the cash payment recoverable?