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Hi there. How long after agreeing to the project did you advise your friend that you no longer wish to continue?
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Many thanks for your patience. You certainly cannot be forced to complete the project if you did not want to or could not do so. No one can physically force you to undertake the work, even if there was a contract in place. So what the other party can do instead is pursue you for breach of contract, which would allow them to make a claim against you for any losses they have incurred as a result of that breach. So for example, if you had to build them a website but refuse to do this and this resulted in a delay of it going live and they suffered losses to their business as a result, they could consider compensation for such losses. Similarly, if they had to get someone new to do it but they could not get someone with the same rates as you, then they could hold you liable for the difference in price for this work. So these are the potential risks if you were to cancel the project and not proceed with it. But you cannot be forced to do the work and of course any potential liability for compensation depends on them actually going as far as issuing a claim in court and proving that these damages they are pursuing are genuine and reasonable, so there is still a long way before they are able to claim anything from you.
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