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Thanks for your message, I appreciate it is important to you. A business to business transaction is legally binding once you sign the contract and there is no cooling off period if you change your mind. You will therefore be bound by the contract if you have signed it. However, this contract will be with the provider. The broker will be a separate contract and unless there are clauses contained within the contract which states you owe the broker, then he cannot be "compensated" for 5 years of missed payments.
It is best to check exactly what you signed, and if you owe any liability to the broker. If it is silent on that point, then you may continue to refuse the brokers requests. The broker will then have the option of whether to take the issue to court, which in that case you will need to decide whether to pay or defend the matter.
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Hello, just following up on this to ensure you're satisfied with what you need to do. Please let me know if you need me to clarify anything or if you have any additional questions. I am happy to help. All the best, John
I understand. I am of the opinion you do not owe the broker due to there not being an enforceable contract with him specifically. Additionally, if it was the gas supply which would render it impossible for you to enter into a new contract due to a renewal with your existing one, again I cannot see how this would be possible and why or how you should be made to pay for both. It is your decision but it is a situation whcih you should ultimately defend, if it comes to it.
I would suggest you defend all claims and report them to Trading Standards.
Unregulated brokers can be difficult to deal with, so you may just have to call their bluff to see if they will issue a claim against you. However, you can defend any claims safe in the knowledge that any claims would effectively be brought without merit. It is true you should not have signed the contract but that is beside the point and the issue now needs to look beyond that and whether it is actually enforceable or not. I believe you have good grounds for a defence and wish you well.