I've been reading posts on here for a while to get tips and advice etc.. I'm pretty new to contracting.
Anyway, I'm having a problem with a previous contract. The contract was sourced directly (word of mouth) but everything is being handled by an umbrella company.
The digital agency I was working for are notoriously bad at paying invoices (I've heard stories ranging from months late, to not being paid at all, to freelancers having to threaten court action to get invoices cleared). There's quite a close-nit group of freelancers and contractors in the area and several have worked for this digital agency.
Whilst I was working there, they were always bad at paying invoices, they always required chasing up several times (I was doing this as the umbrella company didn't seem to be helping). During my time there though, there was always the threat that I would just stop working and not turn up - this route was used several times, and the result was getting the invoices paid straight away. They never have any reasons to not paying invoices, they're just a bit tardy - or like to hold the funds until the last possible moment.
Now I have moved on (thankfully), I can't threaten to not show up, but I still have an outstanding invoice (currently a little over 3 weeks overdue). It's been chased constantly by myself without and luck. I've raised this with the umbrella company to get involved, they don't seem to be helping much - they're not pro-actively chasing the invoice, they're not being firm in the slightest. I get the impression, that if the digital agency turned round and said they would pay it in 6 months time, the umbrella company would just say 'OK'.
Does anyone have any advice regarding this? Anyone been in any situations like this before?
I've been here with freelance projects (invoiced by myself) and never had any problems as I am in charge of the contract and so on. It feels like I have no jurisdiction over chasing the funds as my contract is with the umbrella company - and it is them who have the contract with the digital agency. I can't seem to find any advice about this (involving and umbrella company) after spending countless hours googling and scouring forums.
Any advice would be very much appreciated as I'm not really sure what to do next.