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Hello. I am Ed, a Solicitor qualified in England & Wales with over a decade’s experience in the legal profession advising clients.
I specialise in Commercial Contracts, Business Transactions, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury and Road Traffic Law and shall be reviewing your legal problem today.
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As you are not an Employee or a Worker, you do not have the right to issue Proceedings in the Employment Tribunal for Unfair Dismissal. You must issue Proceedings for Breach of Contract in the County Courts for your unpaid fees.
You should send a Letter of Claim to the Client. The consumer protection advice magazine/website “Which?” has a useful template (for supplier-customer disputes) which you can adapt to your claim: https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/letter/letter-before-small-claims-court-claim.
If the Client does not reply with their reasons for disputing the claim within 21 days, you should issue court proceedings via the Government’s Small Claims Track Online System: https://www.gov.uk/make-money-claim. The issue fee will be no more than £410.00 for a claim worth up to £10,000.00 damages.
A party cannot normally recover solicitors’ costs on the Small Claims Track. However, it is designed for non-lawyers (known as “Litigants In Person”). The trials are relatively informal, and the judges do not expect parties to have the same legal knowledge as experienced solicitors and barristers.
I hope this resolves your enquiry. Please revert to me if you require any clarification of my answer to your question and I shall be delighted to assist.
Yes, I think that your understanding of the contract and claim that the agency is in breach has a 51% chance of success.
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