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Alec Carmichael vs Spiracle Dot Net Employment Tribunal
 

Over a period of many months I was paid either sporadically, in part or not at all by my employer Spiracle Dot Net - whose managing director was Chris Vass, currently the Managing Director and Owner at Spiracle Data Systems Ltd and Hot Creative Media Ltd. Being a very reasonable kind of bloke I catered for Spiracle Dot Net's failure to pay me with good humour and trust. However, after repeated promises and excuses I informed Chris Vass - the managing director of Spiracle Dot Net who is currently the Managing Director and Owner at Spiracle Data Systems Ltd and Hot Creative Media Ltd - that enough was enough and I couldn't carry on working for him.

At this point I was owed £14,811.45 in unpaid wages and holiday pay.

I took Spiracle Dot Net - whose managing director was Chris Vass, currently the Managing Director and Owner at Spiracle Data Systems Ltd and Hot Creative Media Ltd- to an Employment Tribunal. Spiracle Dot Net - whose managing director was Chris Vass, currently the managing director at Hot Creative Media and a director at Spiracle Data Systems - was ordered to pay £14,923.69 "together with any further interest being due". This being the £14,811.45 owed to me along with a £60.00 court fee and £51.75 solicitors' fees.

 

Despite many attempts at recovering this money, nothing was forthcoming. High Court Enforcement was unable to recover anything from Spiracle Dot Net - whose managing director was Chris Vass, currently the Managing Director and Owner at Spiracle Data Systems Ltd and Hot Creative Media Ltd.

Rather than going into liquidation as an insolvent company (which I am lead to believe is the correct thing to do when a company cannot pay is debts), Spiracle Dot Net - whose managing director was Chris Vass, currently the Managing Director and Owner at Spiracle Data Systems Ltd and Hot Creative Media Ltd - remains an active company. You'll notice that Chris Vass' Linkedin profile makes no mention of his involvement with Spiracle Dot Net even though its entry on Company Check shows it to be an "active company" with "no liabilities" regularly filing its accounts every year with a Mr.Christopher Gareth Vass as its current director.

Rather than speculate as why this is, I will leave it to you to draw your own conclusions.

Following High Court Enforcement's failure to recover any money I was advised by Trading Standards and Citizens' Advice that I'd have a very good case should I take it to court privately. Of course, being nearly £15,000 out of pocket, unemployed and recovering from a minor heart attack at the time (the stress of this whole episode being a contributory factor, according to my GP and cardiac consultant) I was in no position to do so.

Since then I have had no contact with Spiracle Dot Net - whose managing director was Chris Vass, currently the Managing Director and Owner at Spiracle Data Systems Ltd and Hot Creative Media Ltd - and have no wish to.

For the sake of my health and sanity I have put this whole nasty episode behind me and have moved on.

Here is a scan of the Employment Tribunal Award.

Alec Carmichael vs Spiracle Dot Net Employment Tribunal Award.

 

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