I have a contract with a scholarship agency in a small European country where I agreed that I would return to my country after finishing the studies abroad. A few years ago I got a good job abroad and decided to stay. The consequence is that my contract stipulates that I must now repay the scholarship.
The agency is threatening to sue me to enforce the contract. I have hired a lawyer who believes that the request was made too late and that they have a weak case. Regardless of the lawyer's reassurances, if I allow this situation to progress to the litigation stage, there is a chance that I could loose the case. The alternative is that I agree to repay within a year, which would be difficult to accomplish as it is a large sum to pay within a year. If I am sued and loose the case, is this something that is likely to negatively impact potential background checks in the future if I change my job? I work in financial services industry. I am most likely to seek employment in UK.