TERMS OF SERVICE
1.0 BILLING PERIOD
2.1 SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
2.2 ADDITIONAL WORK
3.2 NO ‘PRE-AGREED’ FEES
3.3.1 WORK-FEE SCHEDULE
3.3.2 ‘TIME COST PERIOD’
3.4 RETAINER FEE
3.5 LATE PAYMENT INTEREST CHARGES
(i) we will be at liberty to reduce the amount of the deposit by deducting the same for legal fees incurred in the matter or for any other sums payable by you to us;
(ii) unless otherwise agreed by us, you will not utilize the deposit towards payment of the legal fees and /or other sums owing by you or for which you are obliged to pay;
(iii) for so long as your matter is handled by us, you will, at any time that the deposit is reduced below its initial amount, pay us the difference to make up the initial deposit amount; and
(iv) we may at any time, by notice to you, require you to ‘make-up’ and/or to increase the initial deposit amount.
3.7 UPFRONT FEES
3.8 RESPONSIBILITY FOR FEES
4. OVERSEAS PAYMENTS
In addition, you must add USD20-00 to cover all bank charges which we will incur with the bank in Brunei.
5.0 INTEREST EARNED
5.2 Unless you expressly instruct us to place monies or funds you deposit or place with us in interest bearing account, we will decide on the type of bank account in which to place the monies or funds.
7.0 TERMINATION BY YOU AND US
7.2 We may cease acting for you at any time by notification to you if:-
(i) you do not comply with the terms of engagement with us;
(ii) we consider that the necessary relationship of mutual trust and confidence required for a workable solicitor and client relationship has ceased to exist;
(iii) we consider that there are or may be ethical grounds, including conflicts of interest, as a result of which we cannot continue to act for you; or
(iv) invoiced amounts due to us by you are not paid within the agreed period for payment, and in the absence of an agreed period, then within 30 days from date of your receipt or deemed receipt of the invoice; or
(v) we are unable to make contact with you and/or you fail to respond to our communication seeking instructions and/or otherwise from you within two (2) weeks from the date of our communication to you. In urgent cases, the time within which you must respond to us may be stated in our letter. “Communication” for this purpose may be by telephone, letter and/or by email.
For the purposes of paragraph 3.5 and this paragraph, an invoice is received by you or deemed to have been received by you, if by fax, then on the day of transmission, and if by post, then on the 5th day after the invoice was posted.
7.3 On termination of our services, we are entitled to retain all papers obtained from or prepared for you until all outstanding legal fees and disbursements have been fully paid.
8. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
11. CLOSED FILES
Your acknowledgement and agreement and our preparedness to accept your appointment and/or instructions is conditional upon you accepting the above terms by giving us a letter, by fax or email, stating that you have read, understood and accepted the above terms. Where you do not specifically state as aforesaid, you will be deemed to have accepted the above terms by you giving us instructions to proceed with the work.