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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. Firstly, I need to ask some initial questions to determine the legal position.
How long ago after verbally agreeing did you cancel and how long ago was this?
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Many thanks for your patience. It is entirely possible for a verbal agreement to be legally binding but for that to happen it must meet the criteria under common law for a contract to be formed. That requires there to have been an offer, an acceptance, consideration and an intention to create legal relations.
From what happened, I doubt these would have been satisfied. All you did was discuss the possibility of him providing the services and you were still at the stage where you were being shown his work and deciding if he is the right person for it. You did not agree to proceed with his services, did not give any indication you were happy to engage him and it is very unlikely that a contract would have been formed on that basis (i.e. just by being sent a portfolio for you to consider).
There is nothing stopping him from making a claim but it would be difficult to succeed in it based on what happened