I'n in a bit of a predicament at the moment. I've just had a solicitor's demand for college course fees of approx £3500 from a part time course I had a scholarship for last year. I emailed the director of the private college on numerous occasions over the summer saying that I wanted to complete the course but he said that he'd only let me if I paid 10% of the course fees as a fine for not finishing in time. This fee was on top of my deposit for the course of £300. I explained that I could afford £100 but I thought that £350 on top of my deposit was pretty steep. I also asked him where he had got that figure from and what it covered but he refused to answer and told me that his patience was wearing thin. I have email correspondence but I'm not sure that this will stand up in court. I signed a small contract with 9 points when I began the course. One of the points states that deliberate failure to comply with course requirements will result in removal of the scholarship and full fees will become due. However this contract seems quite light and a little vague.
The bottom line is that I now have a solicitors demand for full payment plus £46 legal fees plus approx £90 interest which has to be paid by the end of this month. If I don't get back in touch with them the college director has the option to take the matter to court for a £120 fee (approx). However, if I reply to the solicitor and contest this claim I am worried that I will then have to pay for all of the other party's litigation costs if the court rules in his favour. Am I right in thinking this or will he have to cover his own legal fees if he wins the case? Sorry for the long winded explanation, I thought that the info may help.