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Is there anything i can do about negligence?

My Accountant failed to File Confirmation statement, despite 3 Reminders.

Hi, hope someone might be able to help? Our registered address is our accountants address and they ignored/misplaced 3 warning letters from companies house. Resulting in the company being dissolved and bank frozen! Said accountant filled forms and sent to companies house. Although incorrectly completed! So sent the again! He’s paid all the fees so far and give us a loan to help us over Xmas. He’s not mentioned waiver letters etc. What can I do to stop this man doing it again? I’m at my wits end. Since found out that he’s not a director of his own company and I can’t see any reference on website to any governing bodies? Please help 

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By DJKL
12th Dec 2017 12:15

I would have though completing Confirmation was more a job for the directors rather than accountant, unless he is expressly instructed re doing same and is charging for its completion; it is not exactly rocket science, was it agreed he would submit, how did he get client authorisation to submit etc?

Changing directors SAL address locations might be obvious place to start re future as threats from Co Hse to the directors, which no doubt were being issued long before the striking off, might prevent similar happening again.

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12th Dec 2017 12:19

To stop further problems just change the registered office address away from him and get a new accountant.

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By DJKL
12th Dec 2017 12:31

Hope he does not use Accounting Web. I traced back through your/company name to Companies House and then to the accountants in question inside a minute.

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12th Dec 2017 12:50

It appears that your company was dissolved on 21 November 2017 by compulsory strike off.
This cannot now be put right simply by trying to file a correct version of the confirmation statement which should have been filed in June.
For information on how to restore the company see Companies House guidance at
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/company-strike-off-dissolutio...
RM

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12th Dec 2017 12:49

On their website they make a promise of 'work on time, every time.'

Assuming you made a bargain with them to file the CS01 the answer to 'stop this man doing it again' is simple. Get a new firm to act for you and disengage.

If you feel the need to make a complaint then go through the complaints procedure. If the firm is not registered with a regulatory body you should have checked beforehand. Caveat emptor.

If you have incurred a financial loss through his actions you could consider taking your case to court.

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By DJKL
to andy.partridge
12th Dec 2017 12:59

andy.partridge wrote:

If you have incurred a financial loss through his actions you could consider taking your case to court.

Consider and in 98% of cases discard the idea, litigation for negligence can be ruinously expensive.

If vast sums lost/vast sums incurred maybe, but I got the impression the OP had indicated the accountant was sorting matters and had even lent some money to them re the frozen bank account to tide them over, so if actually happening, and if accountant meets all costs , the loss to the OP, for which a negligence claim might be successful, is reducing by the second.

The accountant appears (from what we are told) to be endeavouring to minimise the loss.

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12th Dec 2017 13:08

I’m not after gaining financially from this. But to ignore 3 letters surely that’s not best practice

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to Janechristophers
12th Dec 2017 13:19

Of course it isn't. Please tell, are you just letting off steam or do you want to do something about it?

You can't be expecting us to chip in to send him on a Time Management course.

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to andy.partridge
12th Dec 2017 13:58

Think I’m just stuck. But it’s not good is it

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to Janechristophers
12th Dec 2017 15:12

Why are you 'just stuck'. Is he the only accountant in town?

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By Briar
12th Dec 2017 15:36

Following DJKL, I also looked at Companies House records. The accountants appear to have changed their directors and the shareholders in August 2017. They were even late filing their own Confirmation Statement and were being threatened with striking off themselves. Maybe the new management are better? Their website makes all sorts of promises (which, in your case, do not appear to have been kept).

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12th Dec 2017 15:44

Its good to see another firm doing a complete and utterly appalling job.

makes you feel better when you stuff up yourself in a minor way.

At least we are not the accountants who got a client's company struck off!!! Go me.

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