I couple of weeks ago I posted a thread on my misfortunes with a UK agency who did not want to pay me my fees covering up with the end clients refusal to pay them due to some quality issues. However I only found out about "quality issues" when I enquired about the money that should have been in my account so a good 50 days after delivery of the project.
I have since recovered half of my fees. During phone conversation with the representative from the agency I had the feeling they expected me to ask for more money and that they probably would pay me a bit more. However I am not exactly happy with it and am considering further action.
I have two options - get as much as I can form the agency without going to court. The agency said they will get paid half of the fees as well but they do not want to loose any money on this project. Does anybody know how much per word is an agency supposed to pocket (%). If I know they get at least 50% more than I do, then I know that by asking 90% they will not be out of pocket and will be tempted to settle this out of court.
Second option is small claims court where I would have to proove that they had to present any quality related issues within reasonable time after I delivered the project. Now, what would be considered reasonable time and does anybody knows of any official, legal text (in Internet) which I could use as an argument in court to point out that even if there were quality issues, they had to present me with a list and let me correct the mistakes should there be any or inform me of this problem well before my fees were due.
Any advice would be greatly apprciated. If I have made a mess of explaining the situation, let me know and I will fill the gaps.
[Edited at 2006-10-09 11:38]
Sorry to hear about your troubles. Need to confirm some facts.
When did they commission
When did you deliver
Did you deliver on time
What was the agreed payment term (immediately, 30 days, etc)
How late were they (if they were)
When did you send the first reminder (if you did)
When (exactly) did you hear about the quality problem
If you map the whole situation out in terms of dates (they can be fictitious, but the elapsed number of days/weeks should be exact), then we should be able to advise you:-)