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I'm a coder. I setup a Ltd company with some guys earlier thiis year. I tried my hardest, and I mean that. Did all the coding for new products we were going to launch and coded websites for clients. Lots and lots of work. The guys never did anything in comparison.

No shares were ever issued to me (the others yes - for convenience aparently!) and wasn't made a director till later on this year, which I resigned from a month ago due to being completely ignored and not having a say in the running of the company (an omen no doubt!). So not a shareholder or a director or an emmployee...

I was paid personallly for consultancy but that figure is way less than what would reasonably be expected - less than min wage for all the hours.

I've been trying to get them to do something but to no avail. Seems like they were best mates when I was doing all the work but now it's done and they haven't done anything or even tried to sell they seem to want me out.

 

They now want all the code! My code that I spent thousands of hours on and haven't even got 20% of the cost back. That doesn't seem fair to me.

 

Where do I stand with this?

 

Advice greatly appreciated...

Harry

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This isn't really an employment problem - it is a contract issue and quite a complex one at that. If you were paid to produce this code for the company at an agreed rate, the fact that you negotiated too low a rate of pay is your problem. There is a strong legal argument that the product - the code - has been paid for and refusing to hand it over may constitute theft. You need legal advice - and not the free sort - from a competant contracts solicitor.

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I am a barrister specialising in employment law, and only represent employees. My advice on employment issues is advice - not legal opinion - and is based only on the facts you provide. If you want an accurate assessment of your case and prospects, you should get legal opinion from a lawyer - not a public forum. Anything I tell you is for guidance only, and is based on my experience of the law in the context of what details you provide.

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Sorry, but I did say - you need a lawyer. Even if no written contract exists, a contract exists and someone has to determine what the contents of that are. You cannot depend on advice from any Tom, Dick or Harry. You do not know who any of us are, or what expertise we might have - and none of us know the full story and can determine things like contract terms and ownership rights. If this went to court it could become very ugly very quickly.

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I am a barrister specialising in employment law, and only represent employees. My advice on employment issues is advice - not legal opinion - and is based only on the facts you provide. If you want an accurate assessment of your case and prospects, you should get legal opinion from a lawyer - not a public forum. Anything I tell you is for guidance only, and is based on my experience of the law in the context of what details you provide.

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