Looking for a second opinion on this, family member is in a dispute with an architect for some work that was undertaken, things have recently escalated so looking to see how this dispute can be resolved.
**The chain of events are as follows**
- October: Architect was asked to produce some drawings, the invoice stated £346 plus VAT, however there was a subsequent email agreeing £340 cash which was paid in person.
- Some small further work was commissioned at an agreed price of £50 via email no invoice was issued, there were also a specific request for the dimensions of the drawing evidenced in the email. Work was completed however the drawings were the wrong size and not to the specifications requested. Therefore the architect was requested to make the necessary amends as per original brief. Eventually architect comes back and produced revised drawing (but still to the wrong spec) and states that the additional work will cost £80 which is at a discounted rate. Another email exchange pointing out that the drawings are still wrong and never agreed to an additional charge as it should have been covered under the original work. No payment has been made for this work.
- Radio silence for over a month
- Mid December architect gets in contact stating not received payment and because of this he is issuing an invoice for work carried out at a non discounted price. The invoice includes
a) Payment for £75 relating to the work undertaken in October. Despite agreeing cash payment of £340 is now claiming he is owed the invoiced amount difference which is around £75 contradicting what was previously agreed in terms of the £340 cash payment.
b) Payment for £200ish quid relating to the additional work undertaken, contradicting the original agreed price of £50.
- Few email exchanges, last email beginning of Jan from architect stating that if he doesn't receive payment by 13th Jan for the new invoice will be going to small claims court to claim back work undertaken, which he states will be over £1000.
- Only other thing to mention is that some neighbours have also used the same architect and been having similar problems.