Alfred Artley obtains urgent interim injunction to restrain trespass and harassment in commercial dispute

16 Oct 2023

In an unusual claim in the context of a commercial dispute, the Chancery Division made an order for an interim injunction in action for trespass and harassment against a well-known firm of debt collectors.

The claimant, an IT services provider, was in dispute with one of its suppliers over a number of invoices. Despite having no judgment in its favour or writ of execution, the supplier instructed a debt collection agency to enforce the alleged debt. The debt collection agency had previously featured in the Channel 5 series ‘Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away’.

Although warned not to do so, the debt collection agency sent bailiffs to both the IT company’s London office and the home of its managing director. The company therefore issued proceedings for trespass and harassment against the debt collection agency, and an interim injunction was granted preventing the bailiffs from coming with 10 metres of the company’s business address and its director’s home, communicating with the company other than through solicitors, or otherwise harassing it.

Alfred Artley acted for the successful claimant, instructed by Sajjid Kurmani of Freeths LLP.