I'm concerned that the advice you're giving me may not be correct. I sent your response to the agency and their lawyers responded as follows:
Dear Mr Robinson,
Tim Robins forwarded your query to me in the legal team. We act on behalf of our group company Hyphen Limited in respect of this matter.
Tim has made me aware of the background to this matter. As you know I have previously advised Tim that you have no contractual right to demand money or to bring a claim against Hyphen because you are not a party to the contract signed on the 28th November 2014. I note that you now state that you are not looking to claim contractual damages for breach of contract but some form of refund/compensation. Presumably this refund is for the notice period that you say is owed to you.
My understanding is that you are asking for notice to be paid in respect of a contract that you are not a party to. Further, in order for you to bring a claim for compensation, you must be able to show that Hyphen owed some sort of duty of care or some other duty owed to you directly. The fundamental point is that Hyphen has no direct relationship, contractual or otherwise with you. Hyphen’s relationship was with Umbrella Contracts Limited.
You have not fully particularised your losses. I am sure you have been made aware that to bring a claim against Hyphen you will need to pay at the very minimum the court fee to bring an initial claim and the hearing fee if the matter goes to trial before a judge. We do not consider it to be cost effective for you to pursue this course.
I have set out our client’s position and trust that this now concludes the matter.
Group Legal Services
Adecco Group UK &Ireland
Does your advice remain that I should proceed with a County Court claim at no loss to myself?