A proper understanding of statutory demand time limits can be vital. Get them wrong and it can lead to bankruptcy proceedings or a winding up petition. Let our team of experts help.

The 21 day rule

A recipient of a statutory demand has 3 weeks (21 days) from the date of service to pay the debt. Failure to do so could lead to further action such as

Disputed statutory demands – what can be done?

If a statutory demand is disputed, then the situation is generally as follows

When does the 21 days start to run?

It is important to understand when the 21 day period starts. As a general rule, the 21 day period starts from the following:

  • If served by post or DX it is deemed served on the second day after the day of despatch (or if that is not a business day, on the next business day after that day).
  • If it is advertised, it is deemed served on the date the advertisement appeared.
  • If it is served personally, or by fax or email or being left at a specified place before 14.30 on a business day, it is deemed served on that day.
  • If it is served after 16.30 on a business day, it is deemed served the next business day.

The above rules are pursuant to the Civil Procedure Rules 6.26 which relate to deemed service of documents including a statutory demand.


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