Hi there, as mentioned if this was to go further, a court would generally look at what contract and terms were in place and whether they were breached in any way, before deciding which party has liability in this case. The landscaper cannot realistically charge you for work which they have not yet completed (not in full anyway), and it would only generally allow them to pursue you for their loss of profit and only on the basis that you have acted in breach of contract first. Your argument here would be that it was them that had acted in breach of contract and also failed to adhere to the consumer obligations which they have under law.
When a consumer enters into a contract for services, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 says that such services must be:
- Carried out with reasonable care and skill (to the same standard as any reasonably competent person in that trade or profession)
- Finished within a reasonable time (unless a specific time frame has been agreed)
- Provided at a reasonable cost (unless a specific price has been agreed)
In addition, any information exchanged in communications between the parties, whether written or verbal, is binding if the consumer relies on it to proceed with the services in question.