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I worked for them as their bookkeeper keeping their books up to date to send to their accountants for them to produce monthly management accounts. I have worked for them for almost 5 years and they have paid me for the work already done. As well as their bookkeeper I done some other duties, updating technical databases and helping with meetings for clients ie. booked accommodation, provided the catering needs etc. Kind of an office manager role. The enagagement letter also states "Both parties agree to discuss in good faith the request by xxxx for the execution of additional tasks that are not deemed within the scope of Bookkeeping Services.
If I was to tell them I could not work for them anymore I'm sure they would have expected a months notice from me until they found someone to replace me and surely they would have to pay me for that?
Did you have other clients? OR was this full time? Did you get paid holidays or sick pay? The arrangement may seem one sided but fi you provide services as as elf employed contractor then you have no employment rights and if the contract says they do not have to provide you with work then unless you can show that either it was really employment or that there some an implied term that you were entitled to a minimum mount of work . Was your remuneration fixed per month? Your best bet might be to write back and say that you have taken advice and in fact you are really an employee after this period and have a claim for redundancy but if they pay your month you will not pursue it. The alternative is to say that after 5 years there is clearly an implied minimum amount of work per month and they cannot just terminate summarily.
Yes I have other clients but this company was passed over to me when I was made redundant. I done some work for them when I was employed by the company who made me redundant (there was not enough work for me full time so offered to help this company out by using me) the company in question paid the company that made me redundant direct for my time.
I did not get any sick pay or paid holidays and my remuneration was not fixed per month.
I'm not sure what you mean by writing back and say I was "really an employee after this period" The engagement letter clearly states I am not an employee of xxxx for they are not liable for NI etc.
Also, can you please explain your last paragraph I'm not quite sure what you mean?