A UK recruiter approached us. They had a problem with a Swiss client where they had placed permanent staff. The problem was that the Swiss client was refusing to pay the UK businesses’ placement fees. The client argued that, under Swiss law, consorting with a non-swiss recruitment business was contrary to the law, and the agreement was non-binding.

Since we hold a Swiss permanent placement licence we informed the recruiter that we could intervene on their behalf and bill the Swiss client, be paid and pass the funds to them in return for a small fee. We also asked them not to repeat the mistake.