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Ash, Solicitor
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A friend of mine owns a company that has as one of its assets

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A friend of mine owns a company that has as one of its assets a reservoir. Under the Reservoirs Act 1975 the company is required to appoint consulting engineers to assess and report on the condition of the reservoir. This has been done and although the Environment Agency and Land Registry documents clearly show that the limited company is the legal owner of the reservoir, the appointed engineers insisting on sending invoices addressed to my friend as a director of the company. It has been pointed out to the engineers that the were appointed by the Ltd Company as owner and undertaker of the reservoir and not by a director acting in a personal capacity. Despite this a claim form for unpaid fees has now been received by my friend. Can the claim be defended on that grounds that the wrong person is named as defendant? Are there decided cases that can be cited as part of the defence? The amount of the claim is about £800.
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£800 would make it a small claim. He needs to reply and defend the claim on the basis that he did not personally instruct the Company, it was as an employee and the Ltd company is vicariously liable. The Court will then give directions and if necessary your friend can apply to the Court once the defence is filed to strike out the claim on the basis he is not personally liable.
You wont need case law as it is a small claim, but its trite law anyway, a company is vicariously liable for actions of employes.
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