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Is your former employer aware of the arrangement?
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Many thanks for your patience. From what you have described I cannot see that you have done anything illegally. You may have told the old employer that you would do the work unpaid but you do not have to justify to them how you would do that and if in reality you were going to get any payment for the work you did. The agreement to work unpaid was between you and them, not between you and other companies. So whilst you cannot go back to the employer and say that they owe you anything for what you did, it does not stop you from having separate arrangements with any of the suppliers. The only other legal consideration is that this fee would be classified as income and obviously would need to be taxed appropriately, based on what your overall income is. I do not give tax advice but in summary it should be treated as part of your annual income and declared so that any potentially due tax is paid on it. Apart from that, it is really up to you as to what arrangements and payments you have with any suppliers, even if you do not tell the employer about these.
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I have read the exchange between my colleague and you and based upon the fact you have given and your later summary, I am also still of the opinion that you have not done anything wrong.
You are not employed by the company and hence, you were not under a duty to act in its best interest which would be the situation if you had been employed by them all were paid to do this job.
There is nothing in what you have said which would concern me with regard to any allegations of illegality. you are simply being paid commission for an introduction.
It may be different if you had asked them to put 500 quid on top for you but even then, I still don’t think there is a criminal issue.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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