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I'm a self employed and I work for a company named rugged

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Hi I'm a self employed and I work for a company named rugged London and I didn't get paid from 13th December to 23 December... And I don't know what to do or how to proceed.... Can I get some help or information
JA: Have you discussed this with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: I discussed this with the owner of the company
JA: What is your employment status? Are you an employee, freelancer, consultant or contractor? Do you belong to a union?
Customer: I'm a self employed
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No

Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.

How much are you owed?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Ok
Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I have to pay 44£?
Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I have 10£ in my account I can't afford 44
Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I have to receive 1500£
Customer: replied 7 days ago.
And my mate 800

Thank you. If a party wishes to pursue another for a debt arising out of a dispute between them, they can do so by making a claim in the civil courts. As legal action should ideally be used as a last resort, there are certain steps that should be taken initially to try and resolve this matter informally and without having to involve lawyers or the courts. These can be summarised below and it is recommended the following procedure is followed to try and progress this matter further:

 

1. Reminder letter – if no informal reminders have been sent yet, one should be sent first to allow the other party to voluntarily settle this matter.

 

2. Letter before action – if informal reminders have been sent but have been ignored, the other party must be sent a formal ‘letter before action’ asking them to resolve this amicably within a specified period of time, usually 7 to 14 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 pursue them for the debt in question. 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 a copy will be sent to the other side and they will have a limited time to defend it. Once they are aware that legal proceedings have commenced it may also force them to reconsider their position and perhaps prompt them to contact you to try and resolve this.

 

4. As an alternative to legal action a debtor can be issued with a formal statutory demand. This is a legal request which asks the debtor to pay the outstanding debt within 21 days and failure to do so would allow the creditor to bankrupt the debtor (if they are an individual) or wind up the company (if they are a business). For the relevant forms to serve a statutory demand see here: https://www.gov.uk/statutory-demands/forms-to-issue-a-statutory-demand

 

As a final tip, it is always advisable to keep copies of any correspondence sent and received as the courts would like to refer to it if it ever gets that far.

 

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Customer: replied 1 day ago.
How do I send a reminder letter? Can you help me with that?
Customer: replied 1 day ago.
Sorry I have to repair my phone and I can't answer to you

We do not do drafting as we are just a chat service unfortunately, but a reminder letter is very simple and it just says what the other person owes and why, together with a request for payment and a deadline for doing so.

 

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