I operate a limited company.I undertook a contract for a company which clearly detailed the remuneration for the task I was undertaking - speaker liaison at a conference. This was a specific part of work I was remunerated for.Another company had been assigned and contracted to carry out the other parts of the organisation of the contract.The client I reported to was also working with the other company to carry out the other parts of the contract.When I arrived at the event, I started to work on my part of the project but there started to be lots of problems with the conference organisation part of the event.I was immediately pulled in by the client to start organising the conference/sorting out problems that he and the other company should have been facilitating.These were practicalities but also problems that warranted my specialist conference experience. I started to undertake extra activities in addition to the work I was being contracted for.As a result, I pulled the client aside and said that I presume I was being remunerated for all this extra work that I had been undertaking. He said I am not a cowboy and yes we would talk about it afterwards. So I agreed and out of an in built trust and carried on to sort lots of problems out and ensure the smooth running of the conference. In foresight I should have had an agreement signed, but I did not, I progressed on that in built trust.We met a couple of weeks after the event for a review meeting and I brought up the subject of being paid for the extra remuneration. In addition, I provided the client with a n overview document of all the things that had not happened at the event and the actions I had to undertake to make this happen effectively.The other company was no where to be seen at the conference. They also organised the exhibition - I was not involved in that.At that meeting, the client advised me that he would discuss my extra remuneration at with the committee meeting in April and that I would be advised of a remuneration offer. I asked him if he wanted me to put forward my fee proposal. He said, no, he would like to bring up at the committee meeting and come back to me at the end of April with a proposal. I agreed.He never got back to me so I contacted him last week and he called me to advise me that the committee had decided not to remunerate me for any fee whatsoever and he commented that they felt I was adequately remunerated within the speaker liaison fee that had been previously negotiated for all the extra service I had carried out on site. I said this was not acceptable and that we would part company - we had previously arranged to maybe work on a future project together.I equate the additional work that I undertook to £3000.How do I stand legally? How should I progress?
Thanks for your question. Please remember to click ACCEPT once you get my answer.You are entitled by law to be paid a reasonable sum for reasonable work.You should write and ask for payment within 14 days or say you will start a small claim.If they still refuse you can issue legal proceedings. You can do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk - you will have to pay a fee but this will be added to the claim.You will be surprised how quick matters are resolved once proceedings are issued. Please remember to click accept so that I am credited for my time. Thank you.
Thank youCould you please provide me with some adequate wording for the letter to accompany - do I keep it brief like:Find attached invoice etc for the additional work undertaken - 4 days @ £750 + vat per day. Please ensure this payment is paid within 14 days or I will start a small claim.Or do I go into detail justifying the work involved and how it has been calculated etc? I have made no mention previously to client about the amount of £3000 + vat.I also have a credit payment to make to them for an invoice of £1900 + vat due to a speaker's cancellation - am I able to take this off the invoice i submit so that I submit the invoice for £3000 + vat less £1900 + vat to secure some of my money?This credit invoice has to go to the other conference company as it is they who invoiced me on behalf of the client.Please adviseThank youThank you!
Just invoice and say you expect payment within 14 days otherwise you are going to issue a claim.That's all you need to say.Then if no response then issue as I have advised above. Please remember to click accept so that I am credited for my time. Thank you.
What about the £1900 credit invoice - do I hold onto paying this until I get the payment from them - hopefully - they have not chased me for it yet.
Yes - hold onto it for the moment and do not pay. Please remember to click accept so that I am credited for my time. Thank you.
What if they chase me for this in reaction to invoice I sent what do I do?
You ignore it and if it goes to Court a Judge will decide whether they can charge it or not. Please remember to click accept so that I am credited for my time. Thank you.
But if it goes to court and the judge decides that I should have paid it, could I end up getting a county court judgement against me - want to ensure this is avoided naturally.
No because if you pay any CCJ within 1 month it is removed (cancelled).Happy to discuss if you click accept - thanks
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