I’m a web application developer. For over a year I worked productively with this client. We even made a follow-on contract.
One day, not even two months after the follow-on contract, my client suddenly came in for an escalation meeting, telling me he would need to forward my services to one of his business partners. He said that I wasn’t performing as expected, which was the first time I heard that from him. We had meetings before in which he praised me and my results.
Me: Well that’s a surprise. I’ll have to think about it.
Two days later, I had thought about it and told him I did not want to forward my services.
Client: Well I can see if we have another project you can work on. But if not, I will have to terminate our contract.
Three days later, he calls me:
Client: I’m calling to ask if you can reconsider forwarding your services to our business partner. We have something special planned for you there.
He continued to tell shady details about how he wants an insider at his business partner to enable him to take them over. Basically I would be working for him as a spy.
Me: Well I’m definitely not comfortable with that.
Client: Don’t tell anyone. This call and everything said falls under our NDA. Think about it, ok?
I did not hear from him for a week and continued doing my work according to our contract. One Monday I had an email in my inbox – written at Sunday evening – stating that he is sorry to tell me that he has to terminate our contract. The attached termination letter (I also received in print via mail two days later) was dated back at the date of the escalation meeting.
As our contract stated, that one side cannot terminate the contract without proper reasoning, I filed a suit. Three weeks went by with a lot of back and forth between my lawyer and his resulting in him withdrawing the termination.
During this process, even Even his lawyer said the client was difficult to work with
I used that lawsuit as my valid argumentation to fire the client shortly after and could enforce indemnity claims as well as other compensations.
Happy Ending. Always have a good contract.