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Our Terms & Typical Costs



Costs


Our standard terms of engagement as required by the SRA/Law Society are set out below. On legal costs we offer:

  • Certainty of cost.
  • Virtually all work done on the basis of an agreed fee.
  • All clients sent a bill every month with a full explanation of the work done.
  • Fee caps not exceeded without permission.
  • Susan Singleton is author of the 2009 Thorogood Report on "Buying Professional Services" link and "Getting Value from Professional Advisers" (Kogan Page).

Typical costs

£360 - £480 plus VAT to check terms and conditions and privacy policy for a web site and ensure legal compliance of the site

£360 to check a contract for compliance with competition law.

£720 to draft a distribution or agency agreement.

£480 to update competition law compliance programme.

£360 to write a letter before action for infringement of intellectual property right or breach of confidence or other breach of rights.

£1000 half day in house training course. £1250 half day out of London. (Plus VAT and travel expenses) London course prices.

Litigation costs and charges for sale or purchase of a business, CMA merger references, competition law compliance depend on the work involved.

Some litigation can be undertaken on a conditional fee basis where it is high value and with a good chance of success and other party has funds.

Clients want certainty of cost and fairness but also the high quality legal advice. We are fast, competent, experienced and provide some of the best legal advice in very specialist legal areas in the UK.


Terms


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SINGLETONS
Solicitors
The Ridge South View Road Pinner Middlesex HA5 3YD UK
Tel +44 20 8866 1934 * Mobile 07850 399449
Email susan@singlelaw.com
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  1. I will be the person handling the work. I am a solicitor and sole principal of Singletons.
  2. If there is ever any matter with which you are not happy please feel free to raise it with me. This should be done within 30 days of the issue arising. If you remain unhappy and have a valid complaint you can contact the Legal Ombudsman at www.legalombudsman.org.uk once we have investigated your complaint here.
  3. Unless otherwise agreed I principally charge on the basis of the time spent on the matter and my usual current hourly charging rate is UK pounds sterling 360 per hour (£360) (plus value added tax where relevant) I charge for all time spent on the matter, including travelling and waiting time and telephone calls. I am happy to give you details of current costs at any time as a running total is always available. The amount of costs in litigation which you will have to pay is likely to be greater than the amount you can recover from the other party to the case. If the matter is on a conditional fee basis you have to pay the 100% uplift and the cost of any insurance premium you bought and the difference between what costs you recover from the other party and the costs incurred from your damages and own funds. Damages based agreements (a kind of contingency fee) is also possible in a few high value cases with a high chance of success. If you win damages and/or costs from the other party, you will have to pay me for the cost of recovery of the sums from the other party, where necessary.
  4. My hourly rate may be increased from time to time, but you would be given written notice of this in advance.
  5. If I incur disbursements, such as court fees and barristers' charges, these will be billed extra and I may need money in advance in appropriate cases.
  6. Some clients may be able to obtain free advice via the Legal Services Commission and others may have legal expenses insurance, so please check whether this may apply to you. Limited companies, however, cannot obtain legal aid. Some cases can be done on a "no-win no-fee" basis, although insurance premiums and expenses may still be payable ( see above). You would be required to sign a written conditional fee agreement if we were to proceed on that basis which is not appropriate for most of our work.
  7. I bill all clients monthly where there is on-going work, at the end of each month for work done in that month. If you do not pay when fees are due then I reserve the right to cease acting for you or suspend work until payment is made and to recover the fees due.
  8. Bills should be settled within 30 days, although many clients pay faster, interest being charged at 3% over NatWest base rate on overdue bills. You have a right where justified to complain about a bill first to me and then to the Legal Complaints Service (or the Office for Legal Complaints) and/or by applying to the court for an assessment of the bill under Part lll of the Solicitors' Act 1974.
  9. I will provide advice and legal services to you with reasonable skill and care and I acknowledge that (subject to the other exclusions and limitations in these Terms) I will be liable to you for losses, damages, costs or expenses (“Losses”) caused by my wilful default. My responsibility shall only extend to the advice and services I provide on matters upon which you have actually instructed me. I will be reliant upon you for the accuracy of the information and/or documentation you provide. I will not be liable to you for any Losses caused wholly or in part by the provision by you of false, misleading or incomplete information or documentation or due to the acts or omissions of any persons other than this firm or arising from any cause beyond my reasonable control. Where you have concerns which are particular to you and not of general application it is your responsibility to advise me. In the event that you are being advised by one of several professionals and a limitation of liability has been agreed in relation to one or more of them, you agree that my liability to you will not be increased due to the limitation of liability agreed by you with other advisers. My liability to you under or in connection with the engagement shall be limited to that proportion of the total losses (after taking into account your contributory negligence, if any) determined to be just and equitable having regard to the extent of my responsibility for the losses in question. My aggregate liability, whether to you or any third party, of whatever nature, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, for any losses whatsoever and howsoever caused arising from or in any way connected with each matter upon which I am instructed and/or advice on it, shall not exceed £2 million. Your rights in respect of any breach on my part of this engagement shall only be enforceable if notice in writing giving all material details of any claim shall have been given to me on or before the second anniversary of the date of this engagement. My liability, whether to you or any third party, in contract or tort or under statute or otherwise shall exclude, any indirect or consequential economic loss or damage (including loss of profits) suffered by you or any third party arising from, or in connection with, the matter on which I am instructed and/or advice on it, however the indirect or consequential economic loss or damage is caused, including my negligence but not my wilful default. Nothing in this section of these terms shall impose on me any liability of any kind or for any amount which I would not have but for this section. Nothing in this section of these terms shall have the effect of restricting my liability in respect of any kind of loss, damage or liability which cannot or must not be excluded or limited under English law.
  10. All clients receive an occasional newsletter by email - “Legal Eye” which describes recent legal developments. We also notify clients from time to time about legal developments and courses in which they may be interested including by email. If you do not wish to receive this let us know. You can opt out at any time on notice to us. Singletons is registered with the Information Commissioner in relation to the handling of personal data and indeed is one of the UK's leading firms specialising in data protection law.
  11. Nothing in this agreement shall benefit any third party and the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply.
  12. Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 I may be obliged, without reference to you, to make a disclosure to the National Crime Agency unless it is information received so that advice may be given about it or unless it comprises the advice itself (privileged information). I therefore reserve the right to give such notices as I deem appropriate without notice to or discussion with you.
  13. 13.After completion of the work I am entitled to keep all your papers and documents until money owed by you to me is paid. You can terminate your instructions to us at any time in writing, but we may retain the papers until you have paid all charges and expenses owing. If we also have a conditional fee agreement or damages based agreement with you for litigation its terms in relation to termination shall prevail. I reserve the right to stop acting for you in certain circumstances such as where you cannot give proper instructions or you lose confidence in me or do not pay an interim bill. I will give you reasonable notice of this and you must then pay sums owing. Normally after 6 years your file and papers sent to us will be destroyed without notice to you.
  14. Where litigation is undertaken this is not on a conditional fee or damages based agreement basis (unless we have signed a separate signed agreement for that). You are obliged to pay my costs whether you win or lose the action and fees accrue as work is done and are payable on termination of our retainer with you, not completion of a case unless otherwise agreed. Litigation is not an “entire contract” between us and we may cease to act for you during the litigation on written notice to you, with leave of the court where this is required. You will then be obliged to pay our fees to date.
  15. 15.Our advice is provided to you and may not, without our prior written consent, be disclosed to any other party. You will not refer to us nor to our advice in any public document or communication without our prior written consent.
  16. If there is anything here with which you are not happy please let me know, otherwise we shall proceed on the terms set out above.
  17. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and subject to its Code of Conduct - www.rules.sra.org.uk; Law Society Roll Number 0131514, VAT No. GB 649974958 . My indemnity insurer may change from time to time but currently is W R Berkley Insurance (Europe) Ltd www.wrblondon.com (and from 1 October 2017 will be with Catlin Underwriting Agencies Ltd on behalf of China Re Syndicate 2088) and I am insured to advise anywhere in the world.
  18. The agreement between us is subject to English law and you agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts in connection with any dispute hereunder whether in contract or in tort and we reserve the right to bring legal proceeding in the English courts or the courts elsewhere at our discretion.

Updated 27th July 2017

Principal: E. Susan Singleton
Authorised and Regulated by Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA No. 78030

VAT Registration No. 649 9749 58
www.singlelaw.com