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Hi Rob I should be able to help with that too, if you let me have the details please then I can say with certainty. Thanks
Thanks, ***** ***** clarify - you are happy to pay the £12k, but are disputing the £4k on top of that?
Ok I would not advise that you do as you have proposed. Just because there is a dispute over an additional amount, does not mean you can stop payment for other work which is not under dispute. They are still entitled to be paid for that. So it is bets if you pay them for the £12k because you have admitted that you owe them for that and not pay them for the remaining £4k. If they want to sue you for that because they believe you owe them, they can do so.
Also remember that the small claims court is limited to claims of £10k. So if they go and claim for the £12k or the £16k this will not go to the small claims court. You could then be hit with paying for their legal fees, which you obviously want to avoid.
S ay the £12k as that is undisputed and refuse to pay the £4k and if they want to challenge that, then let them do it and then you have only one issue to worry about.
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