In a nutshell, following problems at work last term and a head who was desperate to get rid of me (because I stood up to his incompetence - usual story), I received an unsolicited call from my union official offering me a sum of money to leave. I immediately rejected the offer to which he replied "I thought you'd say that, so I've been authorised to go up to X". I was so appalled that he hadn't offered me the higher sum to start with I put the phone down and immediately instructed solicitors at my own expense. Staff at the school have very little faith in this particular official because he is very "chummy" with the head and don't feel that he's 'on our side'. In fact, the staff union rep has now requested a new official to represent them for this reason. Anyway, my lawyers did a great job but whilst we were negotiating, my lawyer asked me to get the rep to confirm the conversation with the head. I called him and he flatly refused, saying he couldn't understand why I would want to use an "off the record/without prejudice" comment. Now, I'm under no illusion that Unions, like lightening, will always take the easiest route but I'm really not happy about this guy's conduct. I have a legal bill of several thousand (which I don't begrudge paying for one moment as the service was superb) but nonetheless, I have been let down! Naturally, I'll be seeking to reclaim some or all of my costs from the union but are there any precedents along these lines that people are aware of?