I am a software contractor. I was in the process of looking for a new job and landed a new contract. The background checking was taking a month and during that time I got another offer from a previous large company I had been working for which I took. I ended up having two signed contracts. I notified the first agency that I wouldn't be able to do the work for their client, (three days before having to start working for them).
This was about 20 days ago.
I would like to know whether the company with which I had initially signed a contract has any legal grounds to request that I cover the fee they paid for my background check? I am fine with paying this amount (as per their calculations -- 600 GBP including VAT), as they claim they have incurred a loss of an estimated 10 0000 GBP. I very much doubt that:
- My background check cost that much. (A DBS / Disclosure Scotland costs roughly around 30-40 pounds; the background checks that rental and hiring agencies do, roughly costs ~200-300 GBP).
- They have incurred losses of 10 000 GBP.
I will pay their fee either way, as I had an obligation to them and they invested time in this. However, how can I make sure they will not charge anything further after this? Do we need to have some sort of settlement agreement which concludes this matter and could you go over it, if I do sign one?
My thanks in advance!