3. How to serve a statutory demand

You must deliver (‘serve’) the statutory demand form by:

  • giving it to the individual who owes you money (you should try all their known addresses)
  • leaving it at the registered office of the company or partnership that owes money (or the main place of business if they don’t have a registered office)
  • giving it to the company’s director, company secretary, manager or principal officer
  • get a ‘process server’ to serve it for you (a solicitor can arrange this)

You can only send it by registered post or put it through a letterbox if it can’t be delivered in person.

Records you must keep

You must keep a copy of the statutory demand and anything that confirms:

  • the time and date you served the statutory demand, eg a postage receipt or confirmation from your process server
  • the debtor has received the statutory demand

You’ll need this information if your demand is ignored.

If your demand is ignored

If your debtor doesn’t pay the debt or agree to your statutory demand within 21 days, you can:

You have 4 months to apply to bankrupt or wind up your debtor. If you’re late, explain why to the court named on the statutory demand.

Serve a statutory demand abroad

Get legal help if you want to serve a statutory demand in another country.

You need to serve a statutory demand according to local laws but also according to the UK rules.