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Is there anything in your contract dealign with travel time?
Thank you. As a self employed person you have no automatic legal right to be paid for travel time. This right only applies in certain circumstances to workers and employees, but you are not a worker and as such have no legal protection in that respect. Therefore, you will only be able to claim such pay if you were contractually entitled to it. It is entirely normal for contractors to not be paid for travel time, so to show that this was an agreed benefit in your employment relationship, you have to show it was contractually applicable. There was no such right in your case – there were some discussions about them looking into it but that is not the same as them contractually agreeing to reimburse you for the time in question. As such, from a legal point of view, it is quite unlikely you can force them to pay anything. You can still make direct requests and hope they agree to it but if they refuse, then you cannot force them to. In the future, it is always best to agree the specific rights in writing and know exactly where you stand before you undertake the work, rather than rely on a half-hearted promise by them.
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a verbal agreement can be just as legally binding as a written one, however, the issue here may be with the fact it was offered after the work took place. Had it been offered to you beforehand and you relied on it to go and do the work, that would have placed you in a much stronger position. However, offering it after the event means you cannot show that you specifically relied on it to do the work and it may be somewhat easier for them t get away with it. Still, you can argue there was an agreement but if they do not willingly pay you, the only way is to go to court and try your luck there
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