Statutory Demand

A Statutory Demand is a formal legal document ordering to pay off an outstanding debt.

You can either pay by instalments, in a lump sum or have it secured against your property.

The creditor may be able to apply for bankruptcy within 21 days if you do not comply with the demand.

You could act on your own behalf by applying within 18 days to your local County Court to "set aside" the Statutory Demand under one of the following circumstances?

The amount of money owed is incorrect.
The sum owed is less than £750.
The demand has been issued in error.
You are able to pay by instalments, in a lump sum or can have it secured against your property.
There is a counterclaim that debt is more than owed.

Statutory Demand issued by the HM Customs & Excise or the Inland Revenue must be regarded very seriously.

If you are finding difficultly in making the payments as demanded then you may require help to negotiate affordable repayment you can manage to pay to your creditor. Contact your local CAB on for more information. (The link is inserted here for your easy access to their website and does not imply endorsement or the contents of this website by the Citizen Advice Bureau.) is not authorised to give advice under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The general information and material provided and published on this website is for interest, understanding and for common knowledge purpose only. The details provided should not be taken as any kind of advice and cannot and should not be used to solve any kind of financial problems. You must take proper advice from authorised firm or financial advisor. We do not recommend or endorse any kind investment, advisor, product or services. We do not offer or imply any kind of advice, financial or legal. It is your responsibility to take appropriate action suitable to your needs.