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Personal or Company CCJ?

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NaiceTornHamstring Fri 08-Jun-18 15:08:34

I need some advice please, from someone with experience of court claims.

I had some building work done on my house last year and long story short, the builder (let's call him Bob) had some financial troubles halfway through, and stopped work on the project. It transpired that Bob had been using the money we paid him to cover other unrelated expenses, so work slowed to a halt. We terminated the contract with Bob's building company and paid a new builder to complete the work, however Bob promised to pay us back the amount he owed us.

Seven months later, we were still going back and forth with Bob constantly promising to pay us 'next month', sending cheques which bounced etc. I finally issued a claim to him personally to get the money back. He's defended the claim by saying it's a company debt not a personal debt so he's not liable. There's also a veiled threat in there that 'the company may cease to exist should economic conditions worsen', which I interpret as "if you try and make me pay I'll just dissolve the company so you're not getting the money either way".

As the cheques and letters since termination have been with Bob directly, rather than through the company, am I justified in treating this as a personal claim? Or do I need to forget this claim (and the £500 fee), and start a new claim against the company, for all the good that would do?

What else can I do to get this money back?

prh47bridge Fri 08-Jun-18 17:25:42

No, you are not justified in treating this as a personal claim. Your contract was with Bob's company, not with him personally. Your claim is therefore against the company.

NaiceTornHamstring Sat 09-Jun-18 09:46:51

OK thank you.

TyrionsNextWife Sat 09-Jun-18 17:44:16

Is he a sole trader or a ltd company? If it’s a limited company then you would have to sue the company, but if he’s a sole trader ou can sue him personally.

prh47bridge Sat 09-Jun-18 20:15:13

Read the OP's initial post. She says that her contract was with Bob's building company.

Jonbb Sat 09-Jun-18 20:18:42

OP, is he operating as a limited company.

pinkpantsrock Sat 09-Jun-18 20:29:18

Prh47: Doesn't day if it's B blogs T/a bobs building company or Bobs building company limited.

There is a massive difference!

Sole traders (t/a) are personally liable and if limited business you get judgement against this business and enforce against them. The m.ds aren't liable and unless their really bloody dodgy and go insolvent, in which case you can raise questions to an IP.

prh47bridge Sat 09-Jun-18 21:22:29

I am well aware of the difference in liability between sole traders and limited companies.

Bob has apparently filed a defence saying this is a company debt, not a personal debt, and has suggested that the company may cease to exist if economic conditions worsen. It would be pretty stupid to say that if he is actually a sole trader. So my assumption is that Bob has a limited company. But yes, it is possible he is lying through his teeth and is actually a sole trader.

pinkpantsrock Sat 09-Jun-18 21:52:45

The OP hasn't said who the contract is with. It could have been with him as TA so he could take the cash but also have LTD, he's filled defence saying it's the other as means to avoid payment. Happens all too often

prh47bridge Sun 10-Jun-18 08:55:37

The OP hasn't said who the contract is with

She said, "We terminated the contract with Bob's building company".

And if the contract was with him personally there is no way he can shift it onto his company to avoid payment.

NaiceTornHamstring Sun 10-Jun-18 11:47:51

His company is a limited company, yes. My (apparently incorrect) assumption was that because our interaction with him has been personal (personal emails/letters, personal cheques) since the contract was terminated, then he was personally liable.

Jonbb Mon 11-Jun-18 01:09:10

You need to issue in the name of the company.

Jonbb Mon 11-Jun-18 01:10:17

You may be able to amend the claim rather than have to issue a new one. Check the CPR.

NaiceTornHamstring Mon 11-Jun-18 09:30:18

Thanks very much Jon, I didn't realise - I'll look into that.

NaiceTornHamstring Mon 11-Jun-18 13:55:22

I've spoken to the helpline, and it appears that I can amend the defendant's name on my claim for another £100. I think I'll go ahead with that.

In the meantime, Bob has sent a note reiterating that he simply doesn't have the money and says there's nothing he can do.

I think I will go ahead with an amended claim anyway, even this means that he winds down the business and I get nothing. It's horrible that he can get away with this, but at least I'll know that I've done everything I can. And all he gets is the minor inconvenience of having to fill in a few forms - shocking really!

Jonbb Tue 12-Jun-18 22:45:19

Pleased to be of help smile

worridmum Wed 13-Jun-18 16:44:23

Thats what i hate about LTD companies in the UK especially building ones build takes loads of your money does poor job, you go to court he dissolves company despite him have tons of assists he then rebands his company and starts up again to defraud other people rinse and repeat indiffently if his name becomes mud in one area the shift to another.

I would like a situation were if you own a company you cannot just dissovle it and re open it with pending legal action and avoiding your own liability. Because right now its so easy to be a cowboy builder and there is very little you can legally do to get your money back.

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