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FAO Ben Jones 08/12/2017 09:28 Dear Ben, Good morning. I hope that you are well. I am writing with regard to a previous question. I have received another email from my previous employer in Hong Kong stating that they are now demanding immediate payment (approx £4000) of reimbursements and penalties before they take further action. As you have stated above, they currently only have jurisdiction in HK at the moment. However, this will not stop them from attempting to contact me in the UK. They do have my parents address and I do not want my elderly parents hassled. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Best wishes ********
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You are correct that there is nothing stopping them from contacting you further, even if you are in the UK and they are in HK. They may even make a court claim, there is nothing preventing that but I am hopeful that the fact this will be a more complex case in terms of cross-jurisdictional factors and the amount that is involved (not that high in corporate terms), means that they will not actually go that far in the end. If it was me, I will likely call their bluff and just see how far they are willing to take it. I will then play it by ear by evaluating their responses and actions and seeing how real the threat of a claim is. They may make a claim in HK courts but without any assets there you should be reasonably safe. I would then wait to see what they do in the event they get a HK judgment against you and if they take any steps to try and transfer it to the UK. There are many steps for them to follow before this comes knocking more seriously on your door and plenty of opportunities for you to consider how seriously to take this and whether to consider later on to offer a potential settlement. For now, there is no need so just try and ride out these threats.
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Hi Ben. Thanks for your email and advice. I will do as you say and see how it goes. Have a lovely day. Kind regards, ********
you are welcome and all the best for now