These terms and conditions shall govern the contract between (1) Creative Law & Business Ltd whose registered office is situated at 73a Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL (Company No. 06834058) (“CL&B” “we”) and (2) you (“you”) (“your”). CL&B may agree modifications to these terms but such modifications must be in writing signed by CL&B and cannot be inferred.
1. SCOPE OF AGREEMENT
CL&B is a specialist consultancy company run by lawyers servicing the commercial and legal needs of creative businesses and creative talent. CL&B provide business & commercial advice as well as ancillary legal advice and legal services. Dean Marsh is a qualified (“non practising‟) solicitor that practices as a legal & business affairs consultant. CL&B has indemnity insurance of £1m. CL&B confirm your instructions to act as your consultants in relation to the matters set out in the attached schedule.
2. INITIAL CONSULTATIONS
In most circumstances CL&B will agree to discuss your matter with you at an initial consultation or phone call of up to half an hour‟s duration, free of charge and without obligation.
3.1 During the initial consultation, we will usually quote for undertaking the work on a fixed fee basis.
3.2 We reserve the right to review any fixed fee where the matter becomes more complex and/or the time required is longer than originally anticipated. In such circumstances, we shall notify you prior to incurring fees over and above any quoted fixed fee. In commercial transactions, the fixed fee (if applicable) will normally cover up to 2 rounds of negotiations with the other contracting party or their representatives.
3.3 If a fixed fee is not agreed, we will charge for the time spent working on your file based on our hourly rate as part thereof. CL&B‟s basic hourly rates are Dean Marsh £230 per hour (plus VAT at 20%, if applicable). We review these rates annually.
3.4 We operate a standard 6 minute per unit time recording system (one hour has 10 units). Telephone calls and letters written which take up to 6 minutes are charged at one unit. A telephone call lasting 7 minutes or up to 12 minutes would be charged as 2 units.
3.5 We generally require payment on account from new clients. If the matter does not proceed then we will refund you the sum paid less the chargeable cost of the time spent under para 3.3.
3.6 We will make a separate charge with no uplift for all additional expenses (such as couriers, messengers, third party professional and other fees, special travel requirements and client purchase requests).
3.7 If you have a query on costs, will be happy to provide supporting information and to discuss matters with you.
3.8 If you are querying an invoice, please notify us in writing within seven (7) days of the relevant invoice issue date.
3.9 In some cases, the party with which you are conducting a commercial transaction, may be willing to pay our fees, usually on a recoupable basis.
4. SOURCING/NEGOTIATING DEALS
4.1 If we agree to source a deal for you on a „no deal no fee‟ basis, then we will charge you 5% of your actual net receipts under any deal we procure for you, in addition to our costs. This arrangement must be specifically agreed by us both in writing.
4.2 Where we are able to negotiate an improvement on the commercial terms of a deal for you then you agree (after full consultation) to us increasing our fees by a reasonable amount to take into account the improvement obtained.
5.1 All CL&B invoices are sent out on a monthly basis and payment of invoices is required within thirty (30) days of the invoice issue date.
5.2 In the event that your account remains outstanding in excess of thirty (30) days of the issue date, we reserve the right at our discretion to charge reasonable administration costs and/or interest on the outstanding amounts.
5.3 We endeavour to accommodate clients of limited means but we cannot ignore unpaid accounts. We may not undertake further work on behalf of a client who has an overdue account until it is paid and adequate provision has been made for outstanding and anticipated costs.
5.4 If you are receiving an advance from a third party, you agree that we may be paid our fees directly from that third party.
You are entitled to end our instructions in writing at any time. If there are costs outstanding, we will not pass the file of papers back to you or to new advisors until those costs have been paid.
7. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES
We agree as follows:
7.1 to represent you professionally with due care and skill
7.2 to keep you fully updated
7.3 to deal with your matter diligently and without undue delay
7.4 to maintain a duty of confidentiality to you in relation to all of your dealings with us and any confidential plans or ideas you disclose to us
7.5 to always act in good faith with you
7.6 to advise you immediately should we have any conflict of interest on a matter
7.7 we will maintain a client account in which to deposit any monies which we agree are held on trust on your behalf.
8.1 The receipt of your instructions by us, whether verbally or in writing shall constitute your acceptance of and agreement to CL&B‟s Standard Terms and Conditions (as set out herein) and shall be conclusive evidence of the same.
8.2 You acknowledge that we adopt money laundering checks and you may be required to provide ID.
8.3 Any of these provisions which may be unenforceable shall (to that extent) be severable.
8.4 Nothing in this agreement shall be construed so as to create a partnership, joint venture or agency agreement, nor shall it confer any rights on any third party.
8.5 If you are at any time unhappy with the service provided then you should in the first instance contact Dean Marsh of CL&B.
8.6 This is the entire agreement between you and CL&B and is governed by the laws of England and Wales and the English courts shall have excusive jurisdiction in the event of any dispute.