He originally verbally agreed to do the work the price which he finally confirmed by email. Then he changed his mind and said he wanted to re quote , this he did in writing. I refused this quote as it was to expensive and advised him so.
He also built a garage for us which there was a final payment due. He called round to resolve one or two outstanding issues to allow me to make the final payment and whilst he was here after discussion he verbally agreed to do the additional work for the original price and confirmed this by email. The price he quoted included two days labour for 4 men and an additional cost of £62 per hour if the job went over this time . I asked him by email to try end ensure the job was completed within the two days and also in the same email asked him to confirm how many men the £62 per hour would. There was also some discussion about what was to be done with him agreeing verbally one thing and then trying to wriggle out of these agreements in writing. So in summary you could conclude that he felt he was not getting paid enough for the works. His wife who handles the admin also stated that no job was ever undertaken without a written quotation and categorically denied that her husband had agreed to the works ,price and commencement date even though we have an email advising of all three.
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In one email (3/10/14) I wrote to him confirming that the scaffolder would erect the scaffolding on the 16th October and asked him to confirm that dates he would be attending to undertake the works. He wrote back by email on the same day to say that he would be able to get there week commencing 27th October and that he needed to clear up the final payment for the garage before he could commence the new works. I did clear all payments' to him very shortly after this.
I do not want him to come back to site and as of today appointed another contractor. I just want to know if there is a winnable legal case for breach of contract and a claim for damages based on non performance , distress and any other costs involved.