Thanks Alex - just under contractor to supply services, these were quoted based on estimates, confirmed with my approval, any variation had to be agreed. In this instance, 20 hours became 30 hours (which I agreed to). Last week she sent a text saying she had overun and would now bill me for 60 hours, no negotiation or justification, just offered payment terms. I had not given any prior agreement nor was their any prior warning or such a large increase. On top of this she had messed up invoicing and started to upset clients so we came to agreement to pay 30 hours confirmed in writing and this was the agreement she overturned.
When did you sign this new agreement?
Wednesday 19th February when she wrote "I m happy to raise an invoice for 30 hours because I recognize I should have informed you." In addition she confirmed agreement on same date in an invoice that specified 30 hours and the rest would be down to my goodwill.
Her invoice was of £1,240 but said ...
Please make payment for no less than 30 hours Totalling £600 as agreed.Any additional contribution would be gratefully received although not compulsory.
The agreement was for me to pay this and I would have my computer and files returned. I offered to make a one off ex-gratia payment if she let things pass amicably. Then after I made payment in good faith and she ignored all communications for a while and then I was told where to collect my items. At that point she overturned all the above stood by her car with my property inside and insisted I pay her the full amount and sign a new agreement on the spot overturning the agreement and agreeing to the full amount.
Question is does the manner in which she forced me to sign a new agreement invalidate such an agreement. Am I now forced to pay here. I do have a recording of her admitting wrong doing and that she was forcing me against my will. So would this be enough to have her case for any further debt over and above the £600 overturned by a small claims court or defend me from any debt collector she employed?
Is it not possible to take a passive position, await for her to attempt to claim the extra £600 and then defend myself with the confidence of having her admission recorded that she acted illegally and forced me against my will to overturn the above agreement.
That's fine - As per my reply at 8.13 I did pay her the amount originally agreed of £600 and on that basis will let her do the donkey work. She should easily calculate she is not in a good position to win and the time cost and effort not worth the while for the sake of another £600. If she does try to sue out of spite then I am confident I have a full audit of what happened and her omission of wrong doing and breach of agreement recorded.