Many thanks for your patience. Your rights will depend on what the actual status of the original company is. If this was a limited company which has now closed, it would not matter whether he has opened up a new company with the same or similar name as your legal rights will be solely against the old company. It is not uncommon at all to have a company with debts shut down and then to reopen a new company to carry on the trade, with any creditors not being able to chase the new company and only being able to go after the one which has shut down.
Whilst bailiffs are an option, they can only take away assets belonging to the original company and if this has now ceased to operate and it has no assets left legally belonging to it, there may not be much they can do.
So do some further research to see what the actual status of the company is and if there are any assets left which can potentially be taken away.
If you wanted to use bailiffs you would need to obtain a Warrant of Execution first - at a cost of £110. You need to fill out form N323 for that. Once you get the Warrant it gives the green light for County Court bailiffs to be engaged and to start the process of trying to recover the debt for you.
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