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Jo. Can someone now send an invoice for £13k retrospectively…

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Hello Jo. Can someone now send an invoice for £13k retrospectively for services offered (five years ago) for no charge? Thanks

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I play in a band. The bass player has a recording studio in his garage.Since 2012, he has recorded and produced three albums for the band. He has always said that he would not charge the band for this.He is a difficult person to work with and we (the majority of the band) recently decided to carry on with him.He has since sent an invoice to the band for nearly £13k for his services.We have no contract. No agreement on rates nor hours - nothing.I believe that his charging for his recording/production is not contractually valid.Perhaps "morally" we owe him something, but that's a different issue.What is your advice please?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Hi. Can I correct my submission? Can I correct, "He is a difficult person to work with and we (the majority of the band) recently decided to carry on with him" to WITHOUT him? Thanks
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If there is no contract or discussion for payment then he can not charge.

It was never agreed. If it was never agreed, it does not form a term.

If it does not form a term, it is not part of any oral contract.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thanks. I've checked emails and the only hint of an agreement is in an email from over 5 years ago ...CheersPlease see below ...Bass player ....On 4 Mar 2013, at 11:38, "Adr***** *****on" <[email protected]*****.co.uk> wrote:"Thanks for all the effort you have put in Paul, I'll check the spreadsheet later.
Regarding the studio and my time. I never asked for anything related to these costs, so to start asking now would effectively be going back on my word. If I ever think at any stage that some sort of payment may be due, I'll let you and the chaps know, but until that day arrives - or until we suddenly start getting some big money - all Salem sessions will continue as uninvoiced.
A"My reply ..."Re your studio - that is very much appreciated. I do hope we can repay you at some point !"What do you advise?Thanks

Nothing is due.

He can start to ask for payment from a certain date in the future. At that point, you can take a view.

But not retrospective.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Thanks. Much appreciated.

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If not I would appreciate a 5 star rating for my answer. If you need more help, you can ask follow up questions for free and I would be delighted to assist. Thanks!

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