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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. Firstly, I need to ask some initial questions to determine the legal position.
Why hasn't he done the work and how long has this been going on?
and what is your specific question in relation to this please?
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Many thanks for your patience. From what happened, I would say that it was somewhat premature of you to terminate your relationship with him and to no longer proceed with him. Whilst you have the right to do that at any time, you may still be liable for any of the time he has spent with you, up to the time he was told to leave. So if he is billing you for 2 hours of his time but did not spend that long at your property, then he cannot realistically claim that from you. On the other hand, if he did spend that amount of time, or more, trying to resolve these issues before you told him to go, he could bill you for the time he was there, even if he did not proceed with the work.
Either way, you could always consider refusing to pay him, on the basis that the only way he can force you to pay is to go to court and win. He may never go that far and if he did he may not necessarily win. So you could take the risk on the assumption that won’t happen but it is your risk to take.
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