Hi, I'll keep this as brief as possible. Essentially I'm looking for advice, experience of this problem or pointers on when I can get some free legal advice. I left my teaching job last summer. I resigned in April 2010 and emigrated to Canada in August 2010. My school paid me in September and October 2010 when they shouldn't have. Prior to leaving the school I was advised by more than one member of senior management that I would be paid a months in arrears because I started a full time contract in the middle of a pay period coming off supply. Therefore I thought nothing of the September pay, but when receiving the October pay I contacted the LEA payroll and infromed them on 1st Nov 2010. They told me they would look into it and get back to me to let me know if how much I'd been overpaid was correct and how it could be paid back. I give them my full contact details in Canada (phone, address, cell phone, email). Two weeks pass. Nothing. I contact them again and they apologise for not getting back to me and for bringing it to their attention. They said they would deal with it and come back to me. January 26th comes around and they send me an invoice REMINDER for the full amount and an offer to pay them back via a payment plan. I pick this up from my old address as I'd moved 1st January (still in Canada). I call them and tell them I'd heard nothing from them for almost three months and then an invoice reminder. No 1st invoice, no answer with regard to why I owed them two months pay and not one. They apologise, tell me they will put the invoice on stop and look into it. I give them my new full contact details (new address, new phone number, email and fax). Feb 1st I get an email from HR telling me I do in fact owe two months salary, despite being informed by the school I would be paid a month in arrears. I also get another apology for not keeping me in touch or getting back to me far sooner. Feb 7th I email them back (HR and Accounts) on the email addresses the provided me to tell them I cannot pay the full amount, but will happily set up a payment plan of a minimal amount and could they contact me with their bank details and discuss if my offer was agreeable. I hear nothing. May 3rd they send a letter from their solicitor to my PREVIOUS address demanding I pay the full amount by May 10th or I will incurr legal processings, costs and interest. I receive this letter on June 25th due to it being sent to my previous address and postal strikes here in Canada. I know I owe them money, that I am not disputing. I am disputing their methods and incompetance in dealing with this. Can anybody help answer the following: Where do I stand legally? Where can I receive legal advice free of charge? Does anybody have experience of this situation? What steps should I take next? (I have drafted a long letter to their solicitor reiterating my offer and highlight the exact chain of events in detail and disputing their methods and incompetenence). I would add I am no longer a member of a union and I don't teach here in Canada. I now work in the private sector. Finally, although I disagree with the coailition government cuts in public service, I can see from this experience why there is so much waste! Thanks in advance!