After working on a freelance Graphic Design project in New York for an individual wanting to start a magazine I had to return back to the UK for visa reasons. I did not manage to complete the project but the design was finished by the other designer I was working with. The invoice I sent was in last December and have been asking for it to be paid for nearly a year now.
The contract states that payment will happen within two weeks of the first issue of the magazine being put out, but his magazine project has failed and its not being printed. There is nothing in the contract about what happens in this situation yet the client continues to constantly replies to my messages telling me to remember the terms I signed off on in the contract. After regular reminders of the invoice the client is now saying I breached the contract terms by not completing the job, something that isn't covered in the contract, and now is saying he will get his lawyer involved. I want to go ahead with this, not for the money but so he can't think he can just screw people over, but worried about what legal standing I have? I don't want to get caught up in some court case, has anyone had any similar experience?