One thing I like about the internet (and things like blogs and twitter in particular) is that you can always find people who can give you advice when you need it. At this point in time, I am hoping that someone is able to help me out with a particular issue. I posted this on tumblr and linked to it on my twitter earlier, but I am throwing it out to the wordpress crew too in the hope that someone might know. It is also admittedly, easier to comment on here.
Anyway here goes:
Can any UK law experts (or just anyone who might know) help me)?
First of all here’s a little background: Earlier this year, an incident occurred that a colleague of mine who has since left the company I work for was a main witness to. The matter was under investigation by the police and while the case didn’t go to court the alleged perpetrator of the incident was dismissed from her own job.
Last Wednesday I got a phonecall from someone claiming to be acting on behalf of this individual wanting to speak to my former colleague. The person said that her client was having an employment tribunal soon and they wanted to get in touch with her to get a statement from her. They asked me if I could contact her and give her their mobile number. I said that I would see what I could do. I did pass it on.
On Friday I got another call from this individual saying that they still hadn’t heard from my colleague and asked me if I could get her to contact them again. This time, the person sounded really pushy and it felt like I was being hassled into doing it. They demanded that I get her to do it as soon as possible as it was important – again I said I would do what I can. I didn’t like their tone.
It was only as I got off the phone the second time that I realised that while this person claimed to be acting on behalf of a client they didn’t actually tell me who they were on either occasion – whether they were a solicitor or not. I did not get their full name nor did they tell me which law firm, if any they work for, and the only contact number they gave me was a mobile number. I am starting to be suspicious of them. I am in any case extremely reluctant to do what they are asking of me right now. The person they are chasing is my friend as well as my former colleague and I don’t want to jeopardise a friendship because someone has hassled me into hassling them.
So what I want to know is, are solicitors allowed to pester people the way that I have been? Does my friend absolutely have to give a statement for that person’s tribunal? Should I report them to my company’s head office if they ring again? Something just doesn’t seem right with it.
Any help would be gratefully received.