A client we disengaged from over three years ago has recently been in touch for some documents relating to the handover year.
Some of the stuff he's asked for was prepared by his new accountant, so we don't have that anyway.
The stuff we do have has already been passed over to the new accountant and some has been emailed directly to the client too - he was always losing stuff and demanding we re sent things immediately, so some of this doesn't surprise me (he completely overused the important/ urgent flag on emails)
The information is needed for a tax investigation, so I don't want to appear like I'm standing in HMRC's way.
During our time working with this guy, he was over demanding, completely rude and a classic Pain in the assets client!! We were delighted when he moved on.
My gut instinct is to tell him to "jog on" simply because of his previous attitude and the fact that we've already sent everything he's asked for over to the new firm.
My second instinct is to charge him for the documents we do have, as they are now archived.
Where do I stand legally with either of these approaches?
Anyone else been through this?