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As a small building contractor. I recently completed a small extension for a client. Who now is refusing to pay his account. Added to which he has written to me, to defend his non payment. Which I think I will try to resolve through the small claims system. The amount outstanding is 7706.80, not including any further costs. However of as much importance to me is my reputation. Our client has written to me in terms which are most distressing. Our client has called me a Liar, dishonest(several times),betrayed trust and that I thought he was an easy touch. Ending his rant by signing his letter I should have signed my previous letter A VERY DISHONEST Martin XXXXX. This client is now trying to pursue my small company for a spurious (in my and my workforces view )claim. For the amount of varying up to some 8000.00 to date. The claims being made can be resolved with any reasonable, person. My immediate need is the advice as to whether I have a claim as to defamation?. Kind Regards ***** *****
Our client who instructed us to do the work.
If the letter has been seen by my some in my workforce and my secretary. Does this have any effect?
Also what if the client does not do his own typing?
Or has shown the letter to others?