Stephen Duff has now admitted that claiming £420 instead of £80 was due to his incompetence. The initial invoice submitted by the transcription company was an estimate before they had done the work. Once it was complete a new invoice was submitted and the overpayment reclaimable.
The Prankster has purchased several transcripts himself and can confirm this is the way transcription companies work. Stephen Duff has also purchased transcriptions in the past and therefore should also be aware of the process.
There is therefore no plausible excuse for him not realising the first invoice is always an estimate; that the estimate of £420 was clearly wrong; and that the overpayment had been repaid.
According to pepipoo Mr Duff is now threatening the transcription company with legal action due to his embarrassment in appearing in The Prankster's blog. For some reason he appears to believe they are responsible for his own incompetence. He is also claiming never to have received the second invoice.
The Prankster also questions the fact that the invoice is made out to Duff, and not to the claimant, Ransomes Park Ltd. Firstly if Ransomes have not paid for the transcription then why should the defendant reimburse them for a cost which has not been incurred. Secondly why would Ransomes reimburse Duff anyway when their contract with him makes him responsible for all costs. They should therefore mitigate costs by refusing to pay Duff for the cost of the transcript.
The Parking Prankster