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Letter before action from my sons tuition centre

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    I have just received a letter before action from my sons tuition centre which he attended just over 5 years ago! My son attended the centre briefly whilst doing his a-levels and he signed up and paid for it himself. I had absolutely nothing to do with any of it and never went there to sign anything.

    I have experience of this tuition centre centre as I sent my children a few times over the years when they were around 12-14 years old. Whilst the teaching was great the admin side of things was extremely chaotic and they didnít seem to be very good at record keeping, I routinely had to wait for up to an hour in the office just to make a payment as they never seemed to be able to find anything in there.

    I asked my son about the outstanding amount for his tuition and he said that he paid everything he owed them at the time but it was in cash at the counter. Obviously itís now over 5 years later and he has no idea where the receipt is (most likely went in the bin at least 4 years ago!)

    Where do I stand legally with this issue. The letter was addressed to Ďthe parents of...(sons name) bearing in mind my son is now 24!
    and they have added a £50 fee despite this being the first letter we have ever received in 5 years.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Edited to add: My son just got off work and sat down to work the dates out and it was actually summer of 2013 that he attended so itís actually just over 6 years not 5.


    • #3
      If the dates are right, then the claimant is out of time to bring a claim - Limitation Act


      • #4
        Originally posted by efpom View Post
        If the dates are right, then the claimant is out of time to bring a claim - Limitation Act
        Yes dates are definitely right. Phew thanks! I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the letter! It was a badly written threatening letter purporting to come from the tuition centres 'legal team' which I know for a fact that they don't have!

        Should I write back to say it was already paid and is now out of time anyway or should I just ignore it? I'm confused who they thought they were going to summons to court when it was addressed to 'the parents of' and they don't even know our names but to be honest I'd really rather keep it that way!
        Last edited by Cherryblue; 11th September 2019, 12:06:PM.


        • #5
          I would simply ignore it, for now. Keep sthum on the Limitation Act for the present. let the "legal team" work that out for themselves.

          You might wish to post up the letter from the "legal team" - for my entertainment, if nothing else!


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