I have been running as a sole trader since 2003. Four years ago I took on a subcontract being outsourced to supply services (myself) via the contractor to the end-client. We did not enter in a formal contract with minimum start/end dates but more a gentleman's agreement. We did document everything on e-mails. I believe this satisfies the five rules of a contract: Offers, Acceptance of offers, Intention to agree or work based on the agreement, clear terms of the work and payment amounts. One of the terms was that the end-client needed the contractor to use a someone with certain specialised skills and that person was/is referred to as a resource. I have those skills and I am that resource. The documents point out that "A" resource is required and the contractor informed the end-client that by outsourcing to me they now had that singular resource. There is not a terrible amount of work involved and not enough to warrant a full-time employee. The rates set for the work (based on per hour and per day) were discounted because I am that singular resource and I am getting all the work. I have now been informed that the contractor, not the end-client are thinking of hiring an employee to take some of this work on. I do not complain that they cannot do this; it is their business. My issue is, while neither of us is ending the agreement with the other, am I entitled to keep all the work until they do end the agreement? We can both end it with immediate effect. Doing some of the work for a discounted rate is not much use to me. I am only trying to protect my part of the agreement. Would this be considered a breach of our agreement and could I be justified in asking that the rates will be subject to increase once I am no longer the singular resource?