A thread for the self-employed to have a rant about anything, I am starting off with a client that thinks he can get away without paying. I have a simple arrangement with my clients, I do the work, issue an invoice, they pay, that simple. In over 4 years, well over hundred clients have coped with that, until today I've only had to take one to court, that ended-up with The Sheriff Office (the trading name of the High Court Enforcement Officers featured in the BBC 1 programme) having to collect my £900, cost the idiot client about £1600 with all the extra costs added. Now, I have my second joker - three invoices - 29, 61 & 86 days overdue - totalling just £504! He ignored endless e-mails & phone messages left because he stopped answering my calls to his mobile & is never in his two shops. So, three weeks ago I re-issued the invoices, adding a late payment charge of £40 to each, in-accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, and giving 7-days notice of County Court Action. Suddenly he wanted to play ball, or so it seemed. I got an e-mail offering to pay half the original amount last Monday & half Monday this week, if I dropped the £120 of late payment charges - this from a guy turning over £1500 a day. But, anyway, I accepted the offer, I don't like adding charges, I just want the money for the job done. Today, still no payment whatsoever, so I've issued a County Court summon for the £504 + £120 late payment charges + £60 court fee, the total is now £684, and sent him an e-mail confirming the new total outstanding. Within seconds my phone rings, and I thinking why the fuck should I answer it, when he doesn't pick-up when I call him, so he rings two more times, and I've ignored him, fuck him. As a side note, he told me he was a sole trader, but when I checked his website it features the name of a limited company, so I checked on the Companies House website, and no such company is registered. From my understanding he's committing an offence by claiming he's a limited company, when he's not. What I did find was two other limited companies, with similiar names & him listed as a director, both dissolved before the first job I did for him, thank fuck, so he can't claim the debt belongs to them. He's clearly a slippery prick, hopefully not too slippery to get out of this.