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How long ago did you cease working for your former employer?
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Many thanks for your patience. In these circumstances it is going to be difficult for the employer to actually issue a claim and get anything out of it, such as damages, compensation, or even an injunction. So what they are doing is likely to be acting out of principle and perhaps trying to prove a point. Personally, I am not confident that they would go as far as court because they would have to start spending a lot of money and time for something which is quite risky in the circumstances. So they may just be doing this to try and get you to apologise or issue some form of conciliatory letter as they have said. You do not have to do this, but if you think that this will put an end to the matter then you may wish to consider it. When you respond to them you can state that whilst you do not admit any liability, you are prepared to offer some sort of pre-agreed wording as long as you are happy with the contents. You could then send a brief statement, marked without prejudice, and which states that the contents of the letter are provided without any admission of liability on your part. If no satisfactory wording can be agreed then you may just wish to let them take this as far as they want, which as mentioned may not ever get to court due to the risks they may face. Of course they could just bury their heads in the sand and proceed with a claim anyway but it is for them to prove that what they are claiming is correct and that the damages are reasonable and from what you have said that would be rather difficult.
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