I have some specific examples below which are clearly showing that my accountant was intentionally creating issues for me when I asked that I was leaving.
I decided to leave him as he started giving me the wrong advice and sending unexpected invoices.
Once I decided to leave he sent me the final invoice which I paid. Then I started asking to transfer my account to the new accountant. He started delaying it. After a few days, I argued with him that I already paid the remaining invoice and what is the reason you are not releasing the account. He was out of control and said you would now see what I can do. The next day I got invoice showing services going back to three years back since I joined him amounting £3000. He never said anything about any of those services or charges in the past. I was regularly paying his monthly fee. I asked for a proof of the reminder/email/anything where he mentioned anything about the charges. He is not replying.
What else he did when I asked to leave.
- I had a £200 refund from HMRC and he put that as a debt. I have a proof where he said it is a refund. I believe he intentionally did that.
- He deleted all the historical records which were on our shared folder on Google Drive. So, rather than informing me to make a backup he deleted them. Google confirmed that the accountant deleted it. I asked the accountant to restore it but no response.
- He is not sharing the necessary information with my new accountant.
- He deleted the company on Companiesmadesimple account which he supposed to transfer to me via email.
Based on the above scenario what are the options I have? He is registered with ICAEW.