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Hi there. How old is the invoice? Also, how long ago did you request the additional services?
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Many thanks for your patience and sorry I could not get back to you earlier, my main work just took over at the last minute.
Just before I can provide my response can you please confirm that you are the one who pulled out from the work and if so, your reasons for doing so?
Thank you. Generally to end a contract early you would need to rely on either a specific cancellation clause or being able to show that the other side had acted in breach of contract first. To be honest in the circumstances there are arguments for both sides so to say with a degree of certainty who may come out successful in a legal claim is more or less impossible. As a rough estimate you could treat it as a 50/50 situation.
Saying that you do have some strong grounds, such as arguing that the original agreement no longer stands as it is not the same as what was agreed because two parties are no longer involved and you should not be lumbered with the liabilities they would have had. Also the dishonesty and lies could allow you to argue that you have lost faith in his abilities and trust and could even amount to a serious breach of contract on his part, allowing you to cancel the remainder.
Also consider that he may never actually issue a claim. He may threaten you to do so but may never proceed with it. Also not sure what the 50% value is but if this is below £10k it will be the small claims court where your risk are rather low even if you are claimed against and lose.
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he does have the right to take this further and challenge this in court - just as much as you have the right to challenge it yourself. If he has already completed some work which you have derived benefit from then you should pay for that. In terms of the outstanding amount it would really come down to how serious the issues were that led you to cancel. As mentioned you do have ground to argue this but it is not a bulletproof defence so it will come do a court making a decision and it is up to you if you want to let this happen or avoid any risks and settle now
he can make whatever requests he wants at this stage himself, without any legal involvement. No one can force you to pay though, you can simply refuse to do so and let him take the matter further. Only if he goes on to issue a court claim and subsequently wins, would he be able to formally pursue you for the amount he won. For now it is just a personal request which has no legal standing