For your information Expert Psychiatry Consultancy Ltd’s current terms and conditions with respect to any continuing medico legal, consultancy and related work are set out below.
Our terms of business are revised periodically in line with current legal aid regulations and other guidance.
This version replaces the last issue of NOVEMBER 2018 and takes into account Professor McWilliam’s retirement.
We remind you that your instructions to our company constitute a contractual agreement binding you to accept our terms of business in full and that our services have been engaged and are supplied on that basis.
We are fully VAT registered and all fees are subject to the addition of VAT at the current rate.
We note particularly the large increase in frequency of requiring and, more particularly, cancellation of court appearances and the associated tendency for instructing solicitors to issue Court Summonses to their own experts to ensure attendance, often over a year in advance of the proposed court date.
Our fees are not negotiable and payment in full is expected within three months of work being completed.
INTEREST WILL BE CHARGED ON OVERDUE ACCOUNTS WHICH WILL ALSO BE SUBJECT TO AN ADMINISTRATION FEE (SEE BELOW)
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO CHRONIC DIFFICULTIES OBTAINING SETTLEMENT OF OUR REASONABLE AGREED FEES FROM CLIENTS WE WILL NOT PERFORM ADDITIONAL WORK ON CASES WHERE INVOICES ARE OUTSTANDING UNTIL PAYMENT (INCLUDING INTEREST AND ADMINISTRATION FEES AS PER OUR TOB) ARE RECEIVED
The terms and conditions are required to make it possible to continue to undertake medico legal and related work in the most cost effective and efficient way for our clients.
We believe our hourly rates for services (see below) are both reasonable and competitive.
Instructions are only accepted on the basis that fees will not be subject to taxation by the court.