I have given a recruitment agency in the UK permission to represent me with a previous employer of mine, a company which I worked for and left 2 years ago.
The recruitment agency introduced me to the company and they saw on my CV that I had already worked for them, and decided to contact me directly as they had my details on file.
This company I worked for ended up making an offer and I accepted it, knowing we were bypassing the recruitment agency because I was already known to the them (the company).
The recruitment agency is threatening to take legal action against the company and advising me that I shouldn't accept the role as to avoid getting involved in this legal mess. I believe they might be trying to scare me and put pressure on me to persuade the company use the recruiters and pay the feeds. The company, however, is relaxed and said the situation is not unheard of, and there is nothing for me to worry about.
My question is - what I am liable for by accepting this role directly from the company, when I have given the recruitment agency the right to represent me with them (albeit informally and only be email)?
Am I likely to find myself in legal trouble for simply accepting the role?
Not sure how much difference it makes, but I have not worked with the recruitment agency before and it was them who approached me. Also, I'm a contractor, operating through my limited company.
Thanks in advance!