Hi - I own a restaurant here in HK, being new the F&B business I am looking for some advice.
I hired a construction company (by recommendation) a year ago with proper written contract. Everything was okay until the restaurant was ready to be launched.
The construction company claimed that I owe certain amount of money, on top of what I've paid initially as agreed in the contract. So we sat down and went through all the expenses and receipts. However, in fact, the total amount of all the receipts was far less than what I've paid. This was last time I've seen them in person (last year winter). They refuse to provide any type of receipt or records of spending. Also, the food license expert was referred by this company but immediately dropped the food licence application, which caused a huge damage to my business.
Since then, they have claimed additional amount of money (500K more) and have threaten myself and my family. They have sent "friends" and debt collectors to my private space as well as the restaurant. I've been making a multiple police reports throughout the year with voice recordings, CCTV footage, whatsapp, and emails. On top of that, even though I have all the records of bank transfers, the workers came to my shop to complain and threaten me that they were not paid.
Recently, the shop has been vandalized. The police is now taking it more seriously and it is now considered a crime case. The police suggests I contact a lawyer in parallel to their investigation. Can someone please give advice for legal actions? Have any of you experienced something similar before with your business / shops? I feel that it's not the construction company's first time to scam someone like this.
So far, I've tried to go to governments free legal advice but still need to wait 8 weeks or so.
I feel unsafe and terrible for my family and staff. Can someone please give me advice...