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Statute Barred - Legally how long can a debt be chased for and what are the exceptions to the rule?
Legally how long can a debt be chased for and what are the exceptions to the rule?
Statute barred isn't a phrase people hear every day. It is however, one we hear on a weekly basis when clients or potential clients approach us to collect an old debt. The Limitation Act 1980 sets out if the debt is older than 6 years from the invoice due date, then unfortunately there is nothing that we can do to enforce it, although we can still attempt to collect it, we cannot threaten court proceedings or take action. The claim will simply be thrown out of court. There are 3 exceptions to this rule that reset the 6 years; 1) If an instalment or payment has been made. 2) If a CCJ (County Court Judgment) has been obtained. 3) The debtor has made a promise to pay or has accepted liability in writing. If there are any historic accounts or newer invoices you are still waiting for payment on, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss further.