Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Firstly can you tell me did you have a written contract with this university for you work.
Not with the university directly but with the agency that I contract through
ok thank you for all that information.please leave it with me. I am in a tribunal today so will prepare my advice during the day and get back to you this afternoon. There is no need to wait and you will receive an email when I have responded. Thank you
No problem. I look forward to your reply. Good look in court.
Many thanks for your patience. Whilst you may not have the same rights as employees, for example in terms of protection against unfair dismissal, you would still have contractual rights because your relationship with the employer would have been governed by contract law, regardless of whether there was a written contract in place or not. The terms of any contract could be implied based on the discussions and agreement that were reached between you and for example a discussion that the services would be required for 6 weeks and agreements as to payments could all become binding contractual terms, even if they were not confirmed in writing.
Whenever a dispute arises over money owed by one party to another, the debtor can be pursued through the civil courts for recovery of the debt. As legal action should always be seen as a last resort, there are certain actions that should be taken initially to try and resolve this matter informally and without having to involve the courts. It is recommended that the process follows these steps:
Whatever correspondence is sent, it is always advisable to keep copies and use recorded delivery so that there is proof of delivery and a paper trail. The court may need to refer to these if it gets that far.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Thank you for your answer. So just to clarify, I should go after the person I have the contract with and not the university right? Also, do I need to look at the knock-on effect that this situation has on my next contract? Question being...I will have huge financial problems trying to get to my next contract, do I need to consider this in legal matters?