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Hodder Associates facing court over unpaid cleaning bill

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Stephen Hodder is facing an appearance in the small claims court after failing to settle a window cleaning bill for just £150. Hannah Clancy of Barringtons window cleaners told the AJ she had been pursuing Hodder since February 2001 for payment.

Hodder asked local firm Barringtons to clean the windows of his National Wildflower Centre in Liverpool on 9 February last year to prepare the building for a photo shoot. According to Clancy, there is no dispute that the work was done or that it was done to a satisfactory level.

After numerous assurances from the practice that a cheque was in the post, Clancy has set about seeking the £150 plus £25 costs through Liverpool County Court. Clancy told the AJ that because it was such a small sum she had decided to dig her heels in. 'It's sheer stubbornness that I'm going ahead with the court case, ' she said. 'I've heard these people are supposed to be very good architects but it's so underhanded what they've been doing.'

And she added: 'I know other people have had problems with payment too.'

One young photographer employed by Hodder Associates told the AJ he had been pushed to threaten court action after pursuing an unpaid invoice for more than six months. He said he knew of other photographers who had had similar problems and warned against working for the practice.

Stephen Hodder told the AJ that the practice had unwittingly got involved by instructing the cleaners on behalf of the client and had ended up footing the bill. 'There is a dispute and it will be solved, ' he said.

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