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    Default My contract blown up and the agency is refusing to pay the notice

    Hello,
    I have been offered a role from an agency to start a new contract.
    We have agreed on everything and the agency sent me a signed contract with filled with all the information, final client name, rate, notice etc.
    The only outstanding thing was the starting date, we were discussing between two possible dates (with 2 days of difference), so they put on the contract on the starting and ending date (TBC)
    Apparently now the final client lost the budget (before to start the contract) and the agent is saying that the contract is not valid since the date is TBC
    I have asked the agency to pay for the notice as stated on the contract (4weeks) and the agency is refusing to pay it.
    I am determined to take the agency (a public company) and eventually the final client to court to get the 4 weeks of notice paid.
    Would you recommend me a specialist solicitor for agency contracts or just a normal solicitor should be able to assist? As far as you know putting TBC on the contract, is it enough to get out of a signed contract without paying the notice?

    happy to know your opinion about it....

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    Couple of my contracts had a clause that either party could terminate without notice before it started, might be worth checking before you start getting lawyered up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by screwed View Post
    Hello,
    I have been offered a role from an agency to start a new contract.
    We have agreed on everything and the agency sent me a signed contract with filled with all the information, final client name, rate, notice etc.
    The only outstanding thing was the starting date, we were discussing between two possible dates (with 2 days of difference), so they put on the contract on the starting and ending date (TBC)
    Apparently now the final client lost the budget (before to start the contract) and the agent is saying that the contract is not valid since the date is TBC
    I have asked the agency to pay for the notice as stated on the contract (4weeks) and the agency is refusing to pay it.
    I am determined to take the agency (a public company) and eventually the final client to court to get the 4 weeks of notice paid.
    Would you recommend me a specialist solicitor for agency contracts or just a normal solicitor should be able to assist? As far as you know putting TBC on the contract, is it enough to get out of a signed contract without paying the notice?

    happy to know your opinion about it....
    You didn't lose the role, your Ltd did, that's business, not personal. You business still pays you so man up and keep looking with your business head on, not your poor-me Mr Employee head...

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    First make sure you have checked your entire contract.
    Your contract is with agency; not endclient, I am guessing.
    Think carefully about suing client if you have any plans on working again, especially if it's not them thats causing the problem.

    As per before, keep a cool head.
    Additionally, it's generally accepted that you keep looking until you are actually at a desk at client site.

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    Four weeks from when, exactly? Your first day at your non-existent contract? Oh, hang on...

    Alternatively, we will pay you four weeks against your signed timesheets for work done, as per the contract. Oh, hang on...


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    I'm assuming that you're relatively new to this. The time and effort spent pursuing compensation (for what is unclear, since you haven't completed any work) would be much better directed towards something positive, such as searching for, and securing, a new contract. This is business - budgets are cut, projects are canned, directions are changed. At a different time and place, you may be doing the screwing. Listen to evil, and let your cooler head prevail...

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    Does you contract state that you only get paid if you have an approved timesheet?
    I'm pretty sure you would get nothing out of pursuing this.

    Plus there's no start date.
    Plus you never actually did any work.

    Just find a new gig.
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    i would be careful on taking an agency to court, i knew someone who did and won but then could not find another agency to place him again, take this on the chin and find another contract

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    +1 You ain't getting diddly, move on and chalk it up to experience.

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