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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Did she inform you, at any point, of the time she was spending to complete the work?
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Many thanks for your patience. If extra hours over what was contracted were not agreed and on top of that, it was actually specifically agreed that she would not be charging for hours done outside of the office, you can refuse to pay for these.
At this stage it is not a case of you making a counter-claim, just a matter of challenging the worker and refusing to pay their invoices. The ball is then in their court and they have to decide how to take it forward. The only way to try and make you pay is by going to court and making a claim against you. That is when you can defend the claim to challenge the hours she has claimed, Even then you would not be making a counter-claim, unless you have any specific costs or losses incurred by yourselves as a result of her actions. SO it would be simply defending the claim rather than making a counter-claim against it and that is still on the condition that she decides to go that farm which she may not do.
Does this answer your query?
You can indeed pay her what she is contractually due and perhaps even state that it is payment made in ‘full and final settlement’ of anything owe to her through your professional relationship. As mentioned, there is nothing stopping her from challenging this and making a claim but as it will be in the Small Claims Court the risks to you are not that great and she will have to pay her own legal costs so even if you lose you will not be liable for these. Does this clarify?
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