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A private school has a debt collector writing to me. The

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A private school has a debt collector writing to me. The debt is for optional extra-curriculum activities that my daughter did not participate in. The school was informed each time that we could not afford these activities and will not be participating. None the less they kept billing me for the activities. We have asked for detailed itemised bill but this has not been forth-coming. What power does the "creditor" have? I am in Scotland. Can they seize my daughters goods? She has now left the school but personal belongings need to be collected.
JA: Has she talked to a lawyer about this? What country does she live in? If different, what country does this legal question relate to?
Customer: Scotlanhd. No, has not talked to a lawyer.
JA: What steps have been taken so far?
Customer: I have disputed the bill. Applied a Subject Access Request (still to be fulfilled)
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Hello, I’m Ben. It’s my pleasure to assist you today. I may also ask for some preliminary information to help me determine the legal position.

How did you inform the school that your daughter would not be participating? and how long ago was this please?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
They were informed by email and text. It has been the case that these charges are disputed every year but I continure to get billed

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Customer: replied 10 days ago.

My apologies, I have looked into your query in more detail but unfortunately it is not something I can assist with. I will therefore ‘opt out’ and a colleague better placed to deal with the nature of your query should hopefully pick this up soon. Please do not reply in the meantime as that will just assign the question back to me and you will experience a delay. Thank you

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Good morning, welcome to just answer and thank you for your patience. I have reviewed your question. The contract is with the parents as your daughter would have been a minor. If the extra curricular activities were optional she did not opt in then you can defend the claim and refuse to pay and can warn the debt collectors that their continued contact will be treated as harassment and appropriate action taken. On the other hand if they are mandatory and she had no option to decide not to do them then even if she didn’t attend you would still be liable because she is not entitled to unilaterally vary the agreement without the school consent. In this situation you would have to settle the accrued charges unfortunately.

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Experience: Director and Principal Solicitor. UK
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