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    • PlanetMiranda
    • By PlanetMiranda 17th May 17, 6:23 PM
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    Bryan Carter Solicitors "dissolved"? Who have I been paying money to?!
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    Bryan Carter Solicitors "dissolved"? Who have I been paying money to?! 17th May 17 at 6:23 PM
    Hi, So a few years back, I set up a payment plan with Bryan Carter Solicitors. Ever since, 10 has duly been going out of my account each month. It occurred to me, that this has been happening for rather a long time, and when I find the original letter with the amount, it seems like I really must have paid them more than that by now. So, I look online, and I find a page, saying that according to Companies House, the company is dissolved. (It was a website called companycheck . co.uk.) So, questions... who have I been paying money to? Who do I contact about it? Their website seems to be down. I wanted to find somewhere to email, since I have difficulty thinking straight when I try and make phone calls (mental health stuff). Should I try to write to the address? Should I just stop the payment and see who gets in touch? I'd really quite like to see a statement on what I've been paying, since I'm sure I must have paid more than the total amount by now. Any relevant thoughts please? Thanks!
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 17th May 17, 6:25 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 6:25 PM
    If this is a solicitors, have you tried the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website to see what the status of the practice is?
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    • On a Shoestring
    • By On a Shoestring 17th May 17, 6:39 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 6:39 PM
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    Looking on lawsociety.org, it looks like there's not a firm named Bryan Carter. On your letter from them, there should be an SRA Roll Number. Try searching that on lawsociety.org's "pro search". If no joy, contact the SRA and explain the situation. The money will have been paid into a client account so it will have gone somewhere - and hopefully somewhere not touched.
    • PlanetMiranda
    • By PlanetMiranda 17th May 17, 6:50 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 6:50 PM
    I think I must have overpaid by now, so am hoping I can find a way to try and get that back, if so. Can you tell me what kind of format an SRA number takes please? I can see a DX number, a Registered number of OC351865. There's another number on the bottom of the letter, saying LBA_S2NLIT.COL/ I don't see anything labelled as an SRA number. Any idea what I'm looking for please?
    • PlanetMiranda
    • By PlanetMiranda 17th May 17, 6:54 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 6:54 PM
    Ok, I managed to find a section on the SRA website for this kind of thing. Here's hoping...
    • On a Shoestring
    • By On a Shoestring 17th May 17, 6:59 PM
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    I can't remember how many numbers it is but I think it's usually 6 or 8 numbers. No letters.

    If you write to the SRA they should get back to you in about 14 days but if you're feeling up to ringing them they're very helpful on these matters.
    • PlanetMiranda
    • By PlanetMiranda 17th May 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 7:08 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 7:08 PM
    I sent an inquiry via their website. Thanks for your help!
    • nic_c
    • By nic_c 17th May 17, 8:03 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 8:03 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 8:03 PM
    Do you know who owned the debt? Bryan Carters will have been acting on behalf of their client. Have you checked your credit file? Depending on the age of your debt the default may well have been updated with the name of the current owner
    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 17th May 17, 8:09 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 8:09 PM
    Bryan carter were a part of the Lowell group.

    The company has now been dissolved and renamed "Lowell solicitors".

    Same people, different name.

    Lowell are expanding under there own brand name.
    Last edited by sourcrates; 17-05-2017 at 11:09 PM.
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    • cjv
    • By cjv 21st May 17, 4:58 PM
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    Not sure if this is helpful, but I was paying Bryan Carter Solicitors 1 a month via standing order on a very old debt I had.

    I received a letter sometime last year I believe, that stated all future payments would now go to Fredrikson International (part of Lowell Group) and I need to do nothing, as the payments will still be going to the correct account number.
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