Intermediary franchise operation Ashley Law has agreed to mediation in the claims brought against it by former members (Mortgage Solutions 21 April).
The 10 members, now collectively known as Ashley Law Exmag (ALE), had grievances relating to the payment of commission and the amount spent by Ashley Law to market the individual franchises. ALE spokesman Ned Naylor, said he was delighted Ashley Law had agreed to negotiate, and hoped the various disputes could now be settled.
Naylor said a statutory demand for monies owed against Exmag member Richard Shorthouse had been dropped by Ashley Law, and that the company had also agreed to mediate rather than fight a case lodged at Guildford County Court, by ALE member Chris Wilson.
Ashley Law has also agreed to mediate the claims held by the remaining eight members. Naylor commented: “I think because we banded together against a big company like Ashley Law they came to the table rather than stomping on people’s heads.” He added: “The fact that they have withdrawn the statutory demand against Richard Shorthouse has a tale to tell.”
Jock Cassidy, managing director of Ashley Law, was unable to comment on the matter but confirmed the cases had gone to mediation.