Has anyone else had a problem like mine? Been in Practice successfully since 1997, I had the misfortune to have a bid accepted for a Client whose Business Methods frankly stank. Using the Limited Company Account for his personal expenditure, not taking advice, not providing timely Receipts and Dcumentation.
Frankly it was all too much, the accounts got behind but were pulled back in time for filing within the deadlines. It was murder getting paid and I left early this year as I do not work for free! After countless broken promises I finally issued a Small Claims Action for the overdues just short of £2000.
Client threatened negligence claim, we had a meeting and later as a gesture of goodwill and, without admitting guilt issued a 30% or so credit note. I thought it was all agreed in deed I got an email offering £100 per month, responded by saying £200 -£250 would be better so the matter could be speedily cleared up.
Months of silence, the exasperated at the delay I issued a fresh Claim for the amended amount. Imagine my shock and horror to receive a Defence AND Counterclaim for just over £7K with a 30 point defence basically libelling me saying untruths that I was not qualified, providing an exceptionally poor service, causing a loss of a potential merger situation by not providing timely accounts, having to pay for extra bookkeeping (which was necessary but not really my problem), and loads more factual inaccuracies (LIES!) I felt really insulted that such a lowlife pipsqueak with dubious business morals should make wild accusations to a well respected accountant in my community having been in Practice since 1997 with NO Complaints!
Naturally I will NOT be taking such a besmirchment of my character lying down, and have instructed my PI Insurers to act post - haste! But what do other members think? Is this a common situation? It really feels to me like people a resorting to any attempt, no matter how ill - conceived, to extort money out of innocent people!!!