These general terms and conditions apply for all of the firm’s assignments.
- General information and information on the professional code of conduct for lawyers
The firm and its affiliated lawyers are subject to the requirement to adhere to the code of professional conduct as outlined in the Swedish Bar Association’s rules of professional conduct for lawyers (https://www.advokatsamfundet.se/Advokatetik/Vagledande-regler-om-god-advokatsed1/). This provides peace of mind for the client. Our law firm adheres to professional principles such as confidentiality and discretion, keeping clients updated in their case and maintaining the necessary insurance. Good professional conduct entails avoiding situations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest, whereby the law firm may be forced to recuse itself or may be obligated to refuse a legal assignment. Within the framework of the requirement to maintain good professional conduct and as prescribed by applicable law, the law firm will act to protect the interest of its clients. The law firm may not act in a manner that promotes injustice.
- Hiring the law firm
As a general rule, we start an assignment with a face to face meeting. During the initial meeting, we go through the case details with you and provide our preliminary assessment based on an investigation that may be carried out. Then, we provide our recommendations regarding how the case will be handled going forward and go through our billing model and hourly rate. When you choose us, you employ the firm not an individual lawyer. This means that other lawyers employed by the firm may perform work on your case. Clients may also have contact with the firm’s administrative staff.
Legal assessments made by the firm are based on the firm’s collective legal expertise and experience as well as the information the client provides. However, the law firm cannot guarantee a successful outcome in court cases. There is always a certain degree of uncertainty when making a preliminary assessment with regard to the expected outcome in the courts. Whether right or wrong, the courts may assess a dispute differently than we have at the law firm. Legal counsel does not include an assessment of consequences related to tax law.
The law firm adheres to the Swedish Bar Association’s code of professional conduct for confidentiality. This means that the law firm will uphold its obligation to maintain client confidentiality insofar as the firm is not obligated by law to disclose the client’s information.
- Intellectual property rights
The law firm owns the copyright and other intellectual property rights generated by its work. The client is entitled to use the results of the firm’s work for purposes related to the legal assignment.
- Fees and invoicing
The firm operates from the principle that it will receive a reasonable level of compensation for work performed. The basis for our billing structure is our hourly rate. The hourly rate is determined based on the scope and nature of an individual case. In the beginning of the case, the client is informed of the hourly rate that will apply for the case. If legal aid or legal expense insurance may be used for the case, the firm will assist clients with such an application upon agreement. The conditions for granting legal aid are laid out in the Act of Legal Aid. The authorities ultimately decide whether legal aid will be granted. For legal expense insurance, the insurance company will decide whether legal expenses will be covered on a case-by-case basis according to the current conditions. The hourly rate that is applicable for a particular case may end up being higher than the amount of compensation received from the client’s insurance, therefore, the client is responsible for paying the difference between what the law firm charges and the amount the insurance company provides for compensation. Typically, the client pays an excess according to the insurance terms and conditions.
The firm generally charges for all work that relates to a case. However, we believe that client fees should be reasonable. In addition to legal fees, the firm may charge the client for necessary expenses, including application fees, travel and accommodation should this be necessary for a case. Invoicing is performed on an ongoing basis and the law firm reserves the right to request payment with a 10-day deadline. Faced with the need for extraordinary measures, or if such measures are explicitly requested, the law firm may request an advance that will be applied to future cost statements. If the case involves proceedings before the court or Arbitration tribunal, the losing party is typically required to pay the winning part’s legal costs. In some cases, not all costs that a party has incurred are compensated, but the client is still responsible for paying all fees to the firm.
Charging of hourly rates is made per commenced six-minute period.After invoicing, the firm is entitled to take compensation as described above by drawing down from the client’s deposited funds in the client’s funding account.
The client is entitled to discontinue a case with the law firm without a notice period and without being required to provide a cause. The law firm may discontinue an assignment if there is good cause in line with the Swedish Bar Association’s code of professional conduct.
- Documents and archiving
The law firm does not undertake assignments that entail the storage of original documents. Original documents are always handed over to the client during the time the assignment is carried out or upon completion of the assignment. The law firm archives copies of documents and work materials in accordance with legal rules and ethics regulations for lawyers.
- Limitation of liability
The firm’s liability for damages caused to the client due to fault or negligence in the firm’s performance of the assignment is limited to no more than three million Swedish Krona.
In the event that the client makes a financial claim against the firm or for a dispute regarding whether the fees charged by the firm are reasonable, a consumer is entitled to seek the assistance of the Swedish Bar Association’s Consumer Disputes Committee (https://www.advokatsamfundet.se/konsumenttvistnamnden/). In accordance with good professional conduct, the firm is obliged to comply with the committee’s ruling. However, before a client’s case will be tried by the committee, the client must have first attempted to reach an amicable solution with the law firm. Disputes are generally tried in the general courts. As a first step, the client should always seek to reach a settlement with the law firm.