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Statutory demands


A statutory demand is a formal written request for the payment of a debt. It is typically issued by a creditor to a debtor when the debtor owes a substantial sum of money, and the creditor wants to recover the debt. Statutory demands have legal implications and can lead to insolvency proceedings if not properly addressed.


Here are some key points to understand about statutory demands:

  1. Creditor’s Right: Statutory demands are typically used by creditors who want to recover a debt. Creditors can be individuals, businesses, or organizations.

  2. Minimum Debt Amount: In the United Kingdom, statutory demands are often used for debts exceeding £750 (as of my last knowledge update in September 2021). The threshold amount may change over time, so it’s essential to check current regulations.

  3. Formal Legal Document: A statutory demand is a formal legal document that outlines the details of the debt, including the amount owed, the creditor’s details, and a demand for payment within a specific timeframe.

  4. 21-Day Deadline: Once a statutory demand is served, the debtor has 21 days to either pay the debt in full or come to a formal agreement with the creditor to repay the debt. Failure to do so can have serious consequences.


How Diplock Solicitors Can Assist You:

Dealing with a statutory demand can be complex and legally challenging. Diplock Solicitors can provide valuable assistance in the following ways:

  • Assessment: We assess the validity of the statutory demand and whether there are grounds for challenging it.

  • Negotiation: We can negotiate with the creditor on your behalf to reach a settlement or agree on a repayment plan that works for you.

  • Challenging Unfair Demands: If the statutory demand is unfair or inaccurate, we can help you challenge it through legal channels.

  • Preventing Further Action: If necessary, we can work to prevent the creditor from taking more severe actions, such as bankruptcy or winding-up proceedings.

  • Legal Representation: We provide legal representation in court if the matter escalates to insolvency proceedings.

Our goal is to protect your interests and find the best solution for your specific situation when dealing with statutory demands. Contact Diplock Solicitors for expert legal guidance and representation in addressing your debt-related concerns.

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