Commission and remuneration terms 1 January 2019
As a rule, no separate commission agreement will be made between the client and the legal office, unless required by the nature of the case. The commission agreement is made when the client assigns the case to the office. The written terms of the commission and remuneration arrangements are available at the office. The terms and conditions below will be applied in the assignment, unless otherwise agreed. In this case, a separate agreement must be made in writing.
When carrying out assignments, the office complies with the Finnish Bar Association’s Code of Conduct for Lawyers.
Unless otherwise agreed, the legal office may delegate individual procedures to the office personnel according to its own discretion.
General remuneration terms
The general remuneration terms are determined according to the Fee Guidelines verified by the Finnish Bar Association.
The remuneration is based on hourly fees. The hourly fee is determined by the level of difficulty and the nature of the assignment, as well as the value and significance of the assets. Factors that increase the fee are special competence required in the assignment, as well as the particularly high value of the assets. Advocacy in higher courts and special courts always increases the fee. Furthermore, if the completion of the assignment requires unusual working times, such as nights or weekends, the fee will increase.
Other grounds also apply to estate inventory, which are dependent on the size of the estate.
Depending on the abovementioned grounds, the fee is EUR 240-300 per hour (EUR 297,60 - 372,00 incl. VAT). The smallest fee unit is 6 minutes, or 0.1 hours.
The expenses necessary for performing the assignment will be charged from the client in the amount spent by the office. When needed, the client can see the receipts regarding the expenses.
The expenses include court protocol fees and court fees, postal and courier costs, as well as costs incurred from using court case and other registers. Travel expenses will be charged separately. Longer journeys will be made in business class. A taxi will be used for travel in the capital area. In exceptional cases, EUR 0.50 (EUR 0.62 incl. VAT) per kilometre will be charged for the use of one’s own car. If an unusually large number of photocopies is required, EUR 0.60 (EUR 0.74 incl. VAT) will be charged.
The individual procedures and remuneration to be paid will be specified in the invoice sent to the client. The expenses required by the assignment will also be specified.
Payment term, interest for late payment
The payment term of the invoice is 14 days from the invoice date and the annual interest for late payment is 13 %. A reminder fee for late payment is EUR 20.
The office invoices the client monthly, quarterly or bi-annually or after the whole assignment has been finished, unless otherwise agreed. An invoice will be issued at least once per year for assignments that last for more than one year.
Legal expenses insurances
When carrying out an assignment involving the client’s legal expenses insurance, the office is not bound to the insurance terms agreed upon between the client and the insurance company, or to the possible maximum fee decided by the insurance company, but the assignment will be carried out according to the Code of Conduct for Lawyers and based on these terms of commission.
The office has the right to annually increase its hourly fee without separately notifying the client. The increase concerns the procedures carried out after the decision to increase the fees.