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Old 09.03.2020, 18:18
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What options do we have to recover debt from UK Agency?

My company is owed a large amount of money from a UK company, it was for services the UK company had in Switzerland over the new year whereby we provided rented costumes for a film shoot along with some scenic services and supply of transportation to and from the venues.

They have made a number of excuses and now don't reply to emails we send. A final reminder invoice and second reminder (2. Mahnung) well past the deadline. We also sent these by registered post so they received them.

If anyone can advise what they think we should do, what would be the best method to get the payment rapidly as we are a small company and already under pressure with bookings because of the CoronaVirus?

I seriously am considering going over and visiting them face to face but I'm frightened to do this as I have a bad temper and might just knock the CEOs lights out as I feel he intended this to happen all along.
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Old 09.03.2020, 18:22
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My company is owed a large amount of money from a UK company, it was for services the UK company had in Switzerland over the new year whereby we provided rented costumes for a film shoot along with some scenic services and supply of transportation to and from the venues.

They have made a number of excuses and now don't reply to emails we send. A final reminder invoice and second reminder (2. Mahnung) well past the deadline. We also sent these by registered post so they received them.

If anyone can advise what they think we should do, what would be the best method to get the payment rapidly as we are a small company and already under pressure with bookings because of the CoronaVirus?

I seriously am considering going over and visiting them face to face but I'm frightened to do this as I have a bad temper and might just knock the CEOs lights out as I feel he intended this to happen all along.
Small Claims Court?


https://www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money


Edit: - I just tried the beginning of the claims process.

>You need to have an address in the UK to make a money claim.
This might be a problem.


Also (I missed the "large" in the original post)


This service is for claims of 10,000 or less.
For claims between 10,001 and 100,000 you might be able to use Money Claim Online (MCOL) (opens in a new window).

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Old 09.03.2020, 18:51
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Re: What options do we have to recover debt from UK Agency?

You could check what debt agency's would give to buy the debt from you, less money but no hassle. If the debt is easily to be collected by them it might not even be the worst idea.

For the rest I have no clue about English law on this.
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Re: What options do we have to recover debt from UK Agency?

I had a problem with a UK accountant several years ago; she did my tax returns, worked out the amount due, which I transfered to her to pass on. She then pocketed the money and left me to sort out the debt with the tax office.

After being stonewalled for several months I contacted a major UK Sunday paper's financial columnist about the accountant's antics .... after the write up the misappropriated money were very rapidly repaid.
Might be worth a try?
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I had a problem with a UK accountant several years ago; she did my tax returns, worked out the amount due, which I transfered to her to pass on. She then pocketed the money and left me to sort out the debt with the tax office.

After being stonewalled for several months I contacted a major UK Sunday paper's financial columnist about the accountant's antics .... after the write up the misappropriated money were very rapidly repaid.
Might be worth a try?

This would surely be a matter for the police if the story is what you say it is.
You have to be careful when pursuing a debt these days. The debtor has many rights, including the right not to be harassed or publicly embarrassed.
The OP is most probably screwed.
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This would surely be a matter for the police if the story is what you say it is.
You have to be careful when pursuing a debt these days. The debtor has many rights, including the right not to be harassed or publicly embarrassed.
The OP is most probably screwed.
The story is exactly as I said it was.

The police weren't interested at the time as the amount was 'too small' for it to be worth bringing a case and the Small Claims Court was difficult to organise from abroad.

It was ~18 years ago, and at the time the newspaper was more than happy to name and shame the accountancy firm involved.
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Re: What options do we have to recover debt from UK Agency?

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The debtor has many rights, including the right not to be harassed or publicly embarrassed.
I'm sorry, you wot m8?


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>You need to have an address in the UK to make a money claim.
This might be a problem.

This restriction just applies to the web-based (initial) filing. To file from abroad, file it on paper instead of over the web. It's pretty straightforward and I've done it many times.



Often the notification of the filing will prompt them to fix it (unlike scam switzerland).
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My company is owed a large amount of money from a UK company, it was for services the UK company had in Switzerland over the new year whereby we provided rented costumes for a film shoot along with some scenic services and supply of transportation to and from the venues.

They have made a number of excuses and now don't reply to emails we send. A final reminder invoice and second reminder (2. Mahnung) well past the deadline. We also sent these by registered post so they received them.

If anyone can advise what they think we should do, what would be the best method to get the payment rapidly as we are a small company and already under pressure with bookings because of the CoronaVirus?

I seriously am considering going over and visiting them face to face but I'm frightened to do this as I have a bad temper and might just knock the CEOs lights out as I feel he intended this to happen all along.
Payment is always very slow in the film industry, agencies rarely pay quicker than 90 days. I suspect they have not been paid &do not have the cash on hand to pay you as yet or possibly ever. No need to waste money on registered post, the UK is not like CH.

The word Ltd is a warning to anyone choosing to do business with a company.
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