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Hi thanks for your question. The answer in one sense is quite simple. There is a contract and he is in breach of it. In addition, assuming this is consumer arrangement i.e. this is not in the course of your business but at your private home then you have consumer protection rights and have a right to satisfactory quality work. So in theory you can bring a claim against him for the financial loss you have suffered. You can in effect claim for all the costs you incurred in excess of the price the hob should have cost.
That is the theory. Clearly this man is a "cowboy " builder and suing him may be a complete waste of time - you spend more money getting a small claims judgement against him but then be unable to enforce it. It is up to you if you want to try. I have no doubt based upon what you say that you will win. If you claim is for a fixed amount i.e. you can calculate your loss then you could use moneyclaim online see here https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/northampton-business-centre/money-claim-online
you can bring claims up to £100k that way and it is a do it yourself service. The alternative is to get a solicitor. But be warned getting the judgement is only the first stage and recovering the money is more difficult if this guy moves around and has not substantial assets for the court to seize.
You can of course contact your local trading standards office and report him and they follow up on it. That will not get you compensation but may stop him conning other people.
Hi is there any thing further I can do to assist?