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I verbally accepted an offer of a job summary

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I verbally accepted an offer of a job summary for teaching but I said I needed time to read the employer's contract. I attended a training INSET day with the employer. When I read the contract over a week I suddenly saw many punitive clauses within it for me as the sub-contractor. Consequently I finally decided to refuse to sign this unreasonable contract. The employer is saying I verbally accepted and I am therefore now liable for some of his costs. I have still so far refused to sign the contract and want to withdraw my provisional acceptance due to the employer's unacceptable threatening attitude and threats to take me to court to recover his costs. I don't actually live in UK and do not have any assets there although I am a British citizen. Would be so grateful for any advice.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
Hello what code are they trying to make you liable for?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He is trying to make me liable for the cost of sending me to the teaching destination as well as other costs he has incurred for recruiting me. Also for the flights booked for me, and also for the flights for any substitute that is sent to replace me on a temporary basis.When I saw the contractual sub clauses I refused to sign the contract and informed them that it was unacceptable. The job summary offer was reasonable. The contract ghastly.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I don't live in UK even though he recruited me via SKYE from there and I don't have any assets there. I live in East Africa. So I don't see how he could [except at extreme cost to himself] start legal action.
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
You are correct that the chances of legal action are very remote. The simple fact that you live abroad and have no assets in the UK means that any legal action, whilst not impossible, will be very costly and prolonged and involve complex cross-jurisdictional issues where he would try and enforce a UK debt abroad. Had this been in Europe, the system is slightly less complicated but applying the debt in Africa will be a lot more complex. So for these reasons alone I would say it is extremely unlikely that you have anything to worry about, except from threats from him, which legally mean nothing. So in the circumstances I would say there is little to worry about in terms of being made liable for these costs. He cannot force you to pay him without having a court judgment in place so let him get that if he really wanted to and to try and enforce it abroad – as mentioned the chances of that happening are very low. I hope this has answered your query. I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating (3, 4 or 5 stars) as that is an important part of our process and recognises the time I have spent assisting you. If you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me on here and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you