We had a subcontractor order from Norton Mechanical to complete the Building Management System (BMS) system
Norton Mechanical were subcontracted by Heritage, the builder on the project - a very large residential property being newly built in Surrey, the property being worth around £20million.
Our contract is for £55k. We began working on this about 2 years ago, but the builder ran into financial difficulty, and our works ceased about a year ago. In the meantime, a previous employee of Heritage has formed his own company (Legacy) to take on the completion of the project, and requested Norton to continue. We, on many occasions over the last few months have asked Norton when we are required back, but were told there were money issues, and everyone was staying away. We were then asked to visit the site a couple of weeks ago to assess the scope of completion, which we did. However, the owner of Norton did not answer any of our calls following our visit, as we sought to gain assurance that we would be paid for our works, given the events of the last year. It is our belief that Norton must have suffered financially, which explains his subsequent behaviour. He initially assured us that we would be paid within 2 weeks, but then did not take our calls. We then received a 2 line email informing us that we were no longer required to complete the job. We have completed £41k of the total £55k, and have been paid for this.
However, our question is, presumably he cannot do this, we have not been given any notice, verbally or by 7 day letter. When Legacy heard of this, they were not happy, as our work is of a very specialist nature, and it would be very difficult for someone else to complete without knowing the locations of our cabling etc, which are now shut away in walls and ceilings. Legacy then decided that they would take the BMS away from Norton and employ us directly, but then Norton piped up and said that he could do it cheaper, and that Legacy should keep them and dispense with us.
Please can you clarify our position?
I hope that this is now more clear, but please let me know if you need further clarification. Thank you