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there. I am a professional photographer. I shot a fragrance

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Hi there. I am a professional photographer. I shot a fragrance on the 10th Sept 2014. Its now nearly 5 months.
The advertising agency has not paid me and my team. They have not paid the studio or the model.
The legal length of time to pay is 3 months. So they are nearly at 5 months.
The brand are using the image the last 3 weeks...
They have emailed me 7 times promising money, then do not pay.
I have sent a statutory demand and a follow up letter stating payment on the 31st Jan. Nothing paid again.
I am in despair of what to do now as i have not been in this situation before.
Alex
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Are you asking how to get payment?
Is there any reason you don't want to sue?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi there.

I am after getting the payment for myself and my team.

I have never been in this situation before so i would not know how to sue

I have tried everything and given them loads of options to pay and opportunities as well.

I did some background on the company and found this:

http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.nsf/0/4DDD65AC8432A578802577500059E5F8?OpenDocument

The brand is called "***** *****" They are using the image and selling. I have visual evidence of this

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Ok.
How much do they owe?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

£5000

This is to me and my team.

I have just rung the model agency and they are chasing money payment.

I have also just rung the studio and they are chasing payment also.

A

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Unsure of the full total....

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
That is a small claims court sum.
Just send them one letter demanding payment within 28 days. Make clear that you will sue if they do not and seek costs and interest at 8% per annum.
If he ignores it then sue here
www.moneyclaim.gov.uk
It will cost about £200 and you can claim that back.
When you have a CCJ you can look at enforcement options but it is not likely that it would not be paid.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo