Its every consultant worst nightmare - the client in sheep clothing, yes they really exist out their and in a slow-down market there seems to get away with alot. A B2B company offered a job in a lifetime, Directorship, Share Options etc., for a CLEVER ONLINE BUSINESS... in Bayswater - funny enough they kept defaulting on providing a contract and to top it they didnt want to pay fees - call it what you want - its fraud, (this is where documenting every conversation and keeping every email sent-received) when you take a job you agree to work for a prescribe sum and within your request an element of trust should exist mutually, not in my case, the person I worked for proved that, tall stories of VC and enormous sums of what would be on the table and all that stuff, slick not, cunning too good to be true. When the boss begins to avoid you when you turn up on the only days you're scheduled to go in, not return your phone calls, and grumbles at the first signs of "FEES" "CONTRACT" or tells you that you're too formal in your attitude after praising you in the previous weeks before his disappearing act you know its going to be hard to prise your fees out of him unless you become ruthless and cc it with your solicitor name on it, so much energy is used up chasing someone who doesnt want to be found, leaves you exhausted, its damn right criminal not to mention illegal if the taxman got wind of this business, funny enough all the other employees are in the same predicament. Something told me not to hand over any work until I get paid. And the moral of this little story a very irate arogant boss on one end of the phone shouting the odds blaming you for witholding completed work when all the time he wants to get away not paying pull the wool over your eyes and believe you're that greedy to hold out for that ever so invisible contract. Get it always in writing.