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    • MSE Amy
    • By MSE Amy 23rd Apr 13, 6:21 PM
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    Small Claims Court guide
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    • twistednail
    • By twistednail 20th Apr 17, 1:55 PM
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    Not sure if anyone can help?

    I worked on a film back in 2014 for which I should have been paid £4000. Mid-way through the production, it turned out that the budget that the producer had told everyone he had was not correct, and the production had to be shut down. Many people lost a lot of money, including the actors, catering company, equipment companies etc to the value of about £400,000 or thereabouts.

    Over the course of a year I sent my invoices, chases and eventually a "Letter Before Action" stating how much was owed. Nothing has come out of this, with the exception of a small payment of £300 early on in the process with the rest of the money outstanding.

    It is now a couple of years later and I am in a place where I can "afford" to pay the £185 court fee to take it to small claims. This loss of money has caused so many problems for me (mental health wise, and also in terms of having to pay off a large amount of debt having not being paid) and to this day I cannot get over the work that I put into this project that ended up unpaid.

    How do I determine if it is worth taking this to the small claims court? I have £185 but I don't want to throw further money down the toilet. Equally, £4000 is a lot of money to me and I also don't like the fact that this man got away with his lies.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 20th Apr 17, 6:02 PM
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    How do I determine if it is worth taking this to the small claims court? I have £185 but I don't want to throw further money down the toilet. Equally, £4000 is a lot of money to me and I also don't like the fact that this man got away with his lies.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Originally posted by twistednail
    If he hasn't got the £3,700 (you already have £300) it would be a waste of time. He may already have judgements against him, so you may be joining a long queue. Also how likely is he to pay up?Keep emotion out of your reasoning.
    • twistednail
    • By twistednail 21st Apr 17, 1:13 PM
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    If he hasn't got the £3,700 (you already have £300) it would be a waste of time. He may already have judgements against him, so you may be joining a long queue. Also how likely is he to pay up?Keep emotion out of your reasoning.
    Originally posted by lincroft1710
    I guess that is the problem. I don't know how much money he has, or how many others are in the queue. Equally there could be no-one in the queue as they are all thinking the same thing. It is very tricky.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 21st Apr 17, 5:22 PM
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    As it is over 2 yrs since the production shut down and businesses were involved, it is probable that they would have already taken action against him. Are you in contact with anyone else who was owed money?
    • twistednail
    • By twistednail 21st Apr 17, 7:19 PM
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    I've tried contacting a few people, but no-one has responded. The fall-out of all of this was horrible, so people didn't really stay in contact.
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