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We run a nursery and had subscribed to a Company called Citation to provide our Employment law and H&S advice. We have recently decided to sell the nursery and will exchange on the 1st Oct this year. The nursery taking over already has existing provision in place and does not wish to carry on with Citation.
Our current contract is due to end on the 7th July and we informed them a few weeks ago that we wouldn't be continuing. We were informed at this point that we should have given notice in January to do this. This was impossible however as we had no idea that we were going to sell!
To try and smooth things over I proposed that we extend the current contract until the exchange date (to try and appease Citation) but they kept saying the same thing about January and I've given up repeating that we had no idea in January!
All of other contracts (gas, electric, pest control etc) are more understanding and are ending their contracts when we exchange, they may well set up with the new company but this is not guaranteed especially as they will have to go through the credit check process.