You obviously thought that he was a better friend than he actually is!There is obviously no explanation for this but clearly there is an underlyingreason.
You did the right thing by asking for the solicitor to put everything inwriting. Trust me, if you said anything, he would make copious notes and, ifnecessary use whatever you'd said against you in the future. Spot on.
The band may be in breach of contract either individually orcollectively.
I appreciate that there was an agreement and the agreement was signed byyou all but you say that the producer would do this that and the other andeveryone agreed.
BUT did the agreement say about making music? Did it compel the band toproduce any amount of music within a period of time? If it didn't, it isn'tworth pursuing.
That's not to say that there is not an agreement and that's not to say thatthe agreement is not enforceable because even verbal agreements are enforceableprovided there is no dispute of what was agreed verbally. That is the problemwith verbal contracts.
Further, a court would be reluctant to agree a contract which is half inwriting and half verbal is binding and is likely to think that the verbal partwas not meant to be binding because if anyone had gone to the trouble ofputting things in writing, they would have included everything and put not justpart down.
Whether the web guy is entitled to be paid depends upon the terms of thecontract that he entered into.
Who is liable for his bill depends on the wording of the contract betweenhim and whoever Ultimately, if it is not covered in the contract the person whois liable to pay him is the one who instructed him.
There is nothing in English law which prevents you dealing with this yourselfprovided you know what you are doing. A solicitor will charge you about £200per hour and you will only recover that if you issue legal proceedings of thelegal proceedings are over £5000 (outside the Small Claims Court) and you win.
If dealing yourself you need to be very careful because you say things like"we all signed" without actually specifying who "we" are. That kind ofinaccurate statement can drop you in it and mean that you lose a case.
On these facts, and they appreciate there are a lot missing, I would not berushing off to see solicitors or issuing legal proceedings any time soon.
If I were the web developer I might be more inclined to.
It is very difficult for me to answer any further based upon the very brieffacts that you give and of course in view of the limited time I have in view ofthe level of fee you offered for the advice
I'm off-line shortly until early afternoon
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