Your account, consisting of your fees and outlays, must be submitted to us no later than four months after the conclusion of the proceedings. This time limit shall begin from the last entry that we consider to be a genuine step in proceedings.

The last entry does not include:

  • A reminder letter.
  • A letter asking your client if they want further advice following a file review.
  • A letter closing the file (although the letter is chargeable, it does not constitute work in connection with the conduct of the proceedings).

We may accept accounts submitted later than the 4 month limit, if we consider that there is a special reason for this.

Examples of a possible “special reason” are:

  • The lengthy incapacity or death of the nominated solicitor
  • Fire or other accidental damage to your office
  • Significant disruption of your administration
  • Where the delay has arisen due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are unlikely to accept forgetfulness, ignorance of the regulations, lack of staff or a law accountant’s delay as special reasons.

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