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    Out of the blue, a letter arrived from a firm of no-win-no-fee lawyers, encouraging me to start a legal claim against the installers of my ASHP.

    They said that I may have been mis-sold the ASHP as it would not deliver the energy/cost saving that was predicted prior to installation. They said they had got a total refund for one client of the entire installed cost of his ASHP. If I asked them to launch a claim they would share the winnings.

    Now I know exactly how much energy I use and am pleased with my ASHP which has matched the predicted savings nicely. So I won't be launching any speculative court cases against the installers. I am also careful who I light fires with as I could get burned too.

    But I am worried that lawyers of this ilk may stir up an industry of mis-selling claims against installers who are in no position to fight them. This can have the effect of causing the less-informed public to doubt energy-saving tech, while driving some installers out of business and pushing up the costs of those that remain. If that happened with ASHPs then maybe EWI and PV installers and specifiers could be next...

    Has anyone else been cold-contacted like this?
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2017
    Yes but not about ASHP. All the law firms are looking for new business now the PPI business is drying up. I had a letter informing me that my property was affected by an underground electric cable and they wanted to negotiate a wayleave for me.

    The cable is an 11.5KV underground feed to some farm buildings on land owned by a neighbour. Anyone know who they would go after? My neighbour or the Electric co? If it's my neighbour I'm tempted to get sort it out myself just so he's not harassed by claims chasers in the future should we move.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2017
    Next door neighbours got paid a few grand out of the blue a few weeks ago by the electrical distribution company. Some high voltage cables go over their garden.
    Whilst it has been some time since I was in the UK - When I was there the electricity co. was liable to pay for the wayleave and this could take 2 forms, either an annual fee or a one off payment. The fee has nothing to do with to whom the power is going but a fee (rent?) for the elec. co. using your property for their infrastructure. (The general advice then was that you would be better off with the annual fee)

    IMO you should not need the services of an ambulance chasing law firm to claim your fee as the whole lot should be laid down with no debate as to how much for what. (at least it was when I had such dealings in the UK and I doubt that things would have changed much)
    • CommentAuthorsnyggapa
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2017
    I would be concerned about how they got your private info.

    Worth asking directly, formally, where they got it from. I would guess someone has breached a law on the way and i would have mischief with them, not the other way round.
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2017
    Posted By: snyggapaI would be concerned about how they got your private info.

    Land registry? Plus the electricty company to know where the cables run.

    Worth asking directly, formally, where they got it from.

    Maybe wait until May next year when the GDPR comes into force.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2017
    Thanks for the info. Didn't mean to side track the thread.
    Has any of the GBF pro builders/installers/architects been hit by no-win-no-fee 'mis selling' claims companies? How would you respond ?
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