Unless there is a covenant in your employmentcontract not to approach members of staff or clients, then you can carry on butplease read my later comments. Even if there is a covenant, they are onlyenforceable under limited circumstances.
Is there a restrictive covenant in yourprevious employment contract preventing you working for a competitor for aperiod of time? If so, I need the exact wording, please.
If they are convinced that you tried todefraud a client, then they should go to the police.
What you are referring to with regard to theflat is an assigned contract whereby one by ex-changes, but another buyercompletes. If the eventual completion buyer had a mortgage lender and themortgage lender was not advised of this, you are likely to be party to amortgage fraud. You need to be very careful.
If the landlord is acting as an estate agent,introducing buyers to sellers both he and you are probably in breach of theEstate Agents Act unless you advise the original seller what you were doing.
I appreciate that this is not the answer youwanted, but I can only tell you the situation and there is no point in memisleading you.
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I was giving you the worst case scenario.
I am now a little confused with the facts. The original buyer was the newcompany you said.
If the company bought the property and then sold it, that company is atliberty to do so. However, you now say if the original buyer completed his saleon voluntary chose not to sell.
If they took commission from the sale, they are a party to any wrongdoing.There might be an angle there.
If buyer number one bought the property and it completed and then sold iton nanoseconds later for an extra1£150,000 I cannot see that you have doneanything wrong and I wouldn't be paying the agent anything.
I need to know the exact mechanics of the sale and purchase process to explain properly.
So, it as as I originally said, don't try to cloud the issue with this wonderful phrase, "sub sale".
Prime was buying the property for a £800,000 and exchanged contracts , and you found another buyer at £950,000 who took over the contract from the Prime and would havecompleted on it but in the end did not . Presumably, Prime still own the property
If you worked at Abbey , you were the agent of the seller and you are under a duty to act in the sellers' best interest which you could not possibly do if you found another buyer who was willing to pay more and there was going to be a Private secret profit between buyer number one buyer number two .
However this was only an attempt and whilst it might be an attempted breach of the Estate Agents Act I think it unlikely that anyone would take any notice. At this stage,
I would not be too concerned, but it is a salutary lesson . To be honest, it is probably as well that the assigned contract did not complete.
Fraud is a criminal matter. There is no civil action of attempting something.
If he is minded, he needs to go to the police, but to be frank, I don't think the police will be the least bit interested