You can do a lot to sort this out without spending money on expensive court fees.
STEP 1 — Speak to them
Speak to the person or company that owes you money.
- you have evidence of the work you did and what it is;
- you have evidence that they agreed to pay you, how much and what the evidence is;
- the date you both agreed this;
- the work is now done and the date you finished it;
- the amount they owe you;
- the date you now expect to get paid;
- to respond to you by a particular date and tell them the date;
- follow up the call with a letter or email.
STEP 2 — Complain in writing to them
Repeat the points of your phone call in writing.
Make sure you:
- include your name and address and their name and address;
- get proof if you post a letter from the post office;
- keep a copy of your letter or email.
STEP 3 — Complain to a trade association
Complain in writing to a trading body. Trading bodies and professional associations set standards that their members have to work by. If the people or company that owes you money belongs to a trading body you can complain to them.
STEP 4 — Ombudsman
An Ombudsman is an independent organisation that looks into complaints about companies or other organisations. Using an Ombudsman is a way of trying to resolve a complaint without going to court.
If none of these actions work you can take it further but it is likely to cost you more money.