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07 Jul 15 #463863 by garymorris
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Hi,

I have received a letter from my solicitors threatening recovery proceedings that may result in CCJ.

Should I be worrying?

They have stated that I have not answered any reminders, fact is I only received invoice once which I havent paid and no reminders.

Secondly I disagree with the amount being put in the biils. A simple one paragraph letter has been billed for two hours and there are many other examples.

I have paid for invoices previously because I did not want to raise a dispute then given the nature and timing of my case.

What options do I have and what is the best course of action?

Thanks in advance.

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08 Jul 15 #463872 by .Charles
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The first thing you need to do is complain. If you do not pay your bills and you do not say anything the only option for the solicitor is to take you to court for non-payment of your account.

As for sending a reminder - the solicitor doesn''t have to send you a reminder. If you read the bottom of the invoice it will probably state that the account is payable upon presentation and that you have 30 days in which to request a Solicitors Act assessment.

Charles

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08 Jul 15 #463874 by Gillian48
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As Charles said you need to speak to them and complain . Query the amounts your paying and ask for an explanation of the amounts - they maybe don''t realise that is the reason for non-payment?
I''ve had amounts on my solicitors invoices which I''ve queried in the past they do explain the reason for the charges or if they''ve made a mistake they should rectify it.
If your local call in if not ring them and explain the issues but do it ASAP.
They don''t usually send reminders they just state the invoice needs paying by a certain date - on a couple of occasions I knew I would struggle to pay the invoice on time so I rang them and they gave me extra time to pay.
They maybe have no idea of your issues?

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09 Jul 15 #463917 by garymorris
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Thank you for your helpful replies.

Yes, I am going through the official complaints procedue and intend to write to them. Not sure if that will go anywhere but will try.

Normally how seriously do firms pursue, especially if the amount is less than 500?

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09 Jul 15 #463933 by .Charles
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Different firms pursue debts differently.

However, a small claim is easy to deal with and cost around £35 to issue online. If the firm has a litigation department it is a moment''s work to issue such a claim.

Charles

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13 Jul 15 #464110 by garymorris
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