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My neighbour and I have an arrangement to help each other with small jobs. But when he couldn’t make it, he sent over a labourer, and I got charged. Can I sue?

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'You will risk falling out with your neighbour to possibly only recover the amount you paid to the young man'. File photo

'You will risk falling out with your neighbour to possibly only recover the amount you paid to the young man'. File photo

'You will risk falling out with your neighbour to possibly only recover the amount you paid to the young man'. File photo

Q I have a long-standing understanding with a neighbouring farmer whereby we help each other out on our respective farms.

It is generally for the smaller jobs around the place. We used to help each other out with the hay and silage but, as we are both getting older — I am in my 50s and my neighbour is approaching 60 — we use contractors for that in the main.
But for the run-of-the-mill maintenance stuff that crops up a couple of times a year, we either help each other out directly, or send over one of the kids if they are home from college.
When I say smaller jobs, for example, last year my neighbour needed help putting up fences and my son and I helped him out for about two half-days.
A couple of weeks ago, I needed a hand mending some fences of my own after a storm and I gave him a call to arrange for him to come a couple of days later.
On the day, however, he texted me to say that something had come up but that he was sending over someone to give me a hand.
A young chap who does some labour around the place arrived over and did a good day’s work very well, even though he got a nasty gash and was clearly a bit stymied by it.
He insisted on continuing despite my suggestion that he should finish up and see a doctor. At the end of the work, he asked me if I would be paying him by cash or Revolut.
This took me by surprise as I had assumed it was the usual quid pro quo with my neighbour. My wife told me to pay him to avoid trouble and so I Revoluted him, but I wonder, what is my legal position here?
Do I have any comeback with my neighbour? I feel like my arrangement with him was violated but does it have any legal standing?
Also, what is my exposure if the lad comes back to me with a claim with regards to his hand?


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