I was in a great financial crisis last year in June 2015 as my client who is a prominent property group took a U turn on the payment of my invoices amounting $77,000.00. I had done over 35 Designs for his projects one after the other and I trusted them that they will pay my fees. However, they started twisting my arm to accept $ 22,800.00 only and started disputing on many items of my invoices which were clearly made a part of our signed contract. It was very frustrating.
I started searching legal help in the internet and found Contractors Debt Recovery’s website and came to know about Anthony Igra who had a number of references and testimonials on the company’s web portal.
After reading a few I developed confidence that all is not lost yet. I found a ray of hope to recover my payment from the dishonest, cunning and cheating developer. Thereafter I contacted him on the telephone and went along with his advice which had a number of steps including submission of my signed contracts for each of the 35 cases, copies of the certified and completed designs and the invoices.
Anthony with his professional expertise and vast experience of recoveries of debts prepared everything on my behalf and served on the Respondent. Although the client had prominent lawyers who responded to the letters, they had no experience in dealing with Anthony on this subject. Anthony systematically nullified their legal responses and moved the claim to adjudication.
The adjudicator examined the submissions thoroughly and the terms of contract based on AS 4122 – Conditions of Contract for Design Consultants. Their interpretation of the terms and examination of my claims resulted in a determination for the respondent to pay $56,800.00 to me within a week which included fees of $5,445.00. I saw the client who had a band wagon of experienced and clever lawyers desperate to pay my cheque of $56,800.00 before the deadline as they were very much scared of the consequences of disobeying the Adjudicator – and Anthony’s next move.
I, who had lost my confidence earlier, feel very strong. The 36 page verdict of the Adjudicator has recharged my batteries to claim the balance payments held up by this developer.
I take this opportunity to laud Anthony for his professional ability to recover such a large amount. It was a very hard slap on the Respondent’s face. These guys have a very bad reputation in the market and bad payment history as most of the electricians who met me had been unpaid at some stage or the other and they stopped working for them.