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I am Building a new house for a client acting as the Main Contractor the

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I am Building a new house for a client acting as the Main Contractor
the client nominated a uPVC window company to design, supply and fit
there were difficulties getting the lead layout approved how ever the client give me the go ahead to tell the window co to proceed to manufacture the windows
then 4 days later i was instructed to tell the company to stop as the client had lost faith in the company but the frames are made by then
the window co is now seeking payment and the client is refusing to pay but my company did instruct them although nominated by the client
stuck in the middle
can i tell the window company to chase the client directly?

regards
Pat Convey
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.

Alex Watts :

Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return You do not need to wait here as you will get an email when I reply.

Alex Watts :

Just to be clear you started the Order and cancelled it on the basis of your client instructions?

Alex Watts :

Was the contract between you and the window manufacturer or were you only agent please?

Customer:

yes to the first question

Customer:

and yes to the second question

Alex Watts :

Yes you made the contract or yes agent?

Customer:

sorry

Customer:

i placed the order

Alex Watts :

Ok - in that case it would appear the contract between the manufacturer and you is just that.

Alex Watts :

This means you are liable for any debt.,

Alex Watts :

But then you also have a contract between your customer and you

Alex Watts :

But sadly the debt belongs to you and the window company can't chase your customer

Alex Watts :

So you have to chase the customer for the supplier - I am sorry

Alex Watts :

I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

does this mean i will need to pay the bill and then go after the client?

Alex Watts :

Yes sadly.

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything else?

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