looks like you are learning rule #1 the hard way...Never give them any candidates until you have the agreement. That is when you have the most negotiating power since they cant to see the resumes.
Sounds like they may have had no intention of paying you, so I am wondering how well you screened your client. You can try talking with them, they are clearly giving you the run-around, but you may loose a client. On the other hand it doesn't really sound like you had a client to begin with, so I would send a copy of my invoice to everyone up the chain of command and call the candidate. You should let them know the type of company they are going to work for.
Good luck. Sorry to hear you are learning so many valuable lessons the hard way.
Has the candidate accepted the offer?
Do you have this condition in your email record????
"I don't have an agreement with them and the terms was as and when we make a placement they will send the agreement to me."
I agree with Julia, you cannot under any circumstance act on good faith .... it needs to be in writing to avoid this dilemma which can be costly for all involved not to mention crushed hopes, God Forbid.
So again, - Do you have this condition, "when we make a placement they will send the agreement to me" in your email record????
Slouch said:Has the candidate accepted the offer?
Not yet... Because of the holiday season the candidate will be getting the hard copy offer letter only after Jan 5th, however he accepted the offer verbally and is now waiting for the offer letter in hand.