Thank you for your detailed response. I guess I asked you a very generic question as to which there would be quite a generic answer. To be more specific - I am a self employed contractor who works for a UK company, they subcontract me to a US communication company (the customer/client). The UK company are predominantly a security company and the communication part pretty much fell on their lap. The customer is becoming greatly disgruntled with the service this UK company is providing and the personnel they're providing them with. To this end, the UK company are now asking me to provide Subject Matter Experts (SME's) that I know so that they can employ them and pass them onto the customer - at an obvious mark up rate. I have done this numerous of times over the years.
The US company (customer) is now expanding their operations and asking the UK company to provide more SME's in turn the UK company are asking me to provide these personnel. There is no incentive and has not been for me to provide them with these SME's - what is stopping me from setting up my own company and providing these personnel direct to the customer - to which the US company have been saying I should do!
I am a New Zealand resident and the company would be a NZ registered company - not sure if this would make a difference if they came after me.
My other concern would be the number of people I've currently provided them are very disgruntled with the UK company and if i set up on my own I know they would jump ship in a heart beat.
Any advice or help with this dilemma would be gratefully appreciated. I also appreciate that you're not going to say - yeah, go for it - everything is going to be fine.