Hi! I’m the owner of a clothing brand, it’s a start up. And we were supposed to be launching our line September 2019. I said ‘supposed’ as the company I went to to deal with the pattern cutting and the sampling, dragged the whole process for a year now. I was told at the very beginning that the deadline for the production been finalised was July 2019, when I went to have a meeting with the pattern cutter December 2019, she presented me with some samples-not all of the pattern I paid had been developed into samples- out of 12 samples I was expecting, I was presented 7- she said she was still working on the others. When asked to show me the patterns, she said they were in the office- and couldn’t go there to pick them as there was another meeting. She lost 30metres of silk I ordered-never been found. And, last but not least, she presented me with an invoice of £1000 for the sampling, which all had wrong measurements, not resembling the ones I saw when showed the toiles. She added that she apologised for the delay, and from that moment on, she would have considered us as one of the main client of her company. I need some help as to tell me if I have any duty to pay her. Can I, in any way, avoid paying her for the damage she brought my way? Now I’m getting someone else to fix my samples and see if I can in any way still launch my brand or not.