Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. if the agent genuinely owes you money and you have proof to show that this is the case, you can consider making a claim in the small claims court to pursue them for what you are due. There is a 6 year time limit for making the claim so as this happened 3 years ago you are still going to be within time to make the claim. If you are after £6,000 then the costs for making the claim will be:
If you are successful you could try and recover those fees from the other side.
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Thank you. Whenever a dispute arises over money owed by one party to another, the debtor can be pursued through the civil courts for recovery of the debt. As legal action should always be seen as a last resort, there are certain actions that should be taken initially to try and resolve this matter informally and without having to involve the courts. It is recommended that the process follows these steps:
1. Reminder letter – if no reminders have been sent yet, one should be sent first to allow the debtor to voluntarily pay what is due.
2. Letter before action – if informal reminders have been sent but these have been ignored, the debtor must be sent a formal letter asking them to repay the debt, or at least make arrangements for its repayment, within a specified period of time. A reasonable period to demand a response by would be 10 days. They should be advised that if they fail to do contact you in order to resolve this matter, formal legal proceedings will be commenced to recover the debt. This letter serves as a ‘final warning’ and gives the other side the opportunity to resolve this matter without the need for legal action.
3. If they fail to pay or at least make contact to try and resolve this, formal legal proceedings can be initiated. A claim can be commenced online by going to www.moneyclaim.gov.uk. Once the claim form is completed it will be sent to the debtor and they will have a limited time to defend it. If they are aware legal proceedings have commenced it could also prompt them to reconsider their position and perhaps force them to contact you to try and resolve this.
Whatever correspondence is sent, it is always advisable to keep copies and use recorded delivery so that there is proof of delivery and a paper trail. The court may need to refer to these if it gets that far.
If someone has disappeared then you are able to serve the documents to their last known address, or if you know they are not there and will not get them you may have to get a private investigator to try and trace them – this should not be too difficult for them or cost too much.
Hi, I cannot recommend a specific company to trace someone but a simple Google search on "trace person uk private investigator" should provide you with plenty of results. As to the fees these are the costs to take a claim all the way up to a hearing with a judge. If you win and then have a judgment in your favour but the respondent does not pay up, then you will have to potentially pay more to try and enforce the judgment - see here: