General terms and conditions for provision of legal services
The following terms and conditions apply to legal services provided by Advokatbyrå Prima AB (“The Firm”) and/or attorneys associated with the Firm (“Attorney”).
The Firm generally requests a retainer payment be made at the outset of the engagement. If a retainer is requested, the firm’s assignment does not commence until the retainer is received. Where a retainer is not so requested at the outset, the Firm reserves the right to request a retainer for legal services to be provided during an ongoing engagement.
The Firm charges reasonable fees for legal services provided in accordance with the ethical guidelines established by the Swedish Law Association. Calculating fees to be charged is based to a large extent on the amount of time expended in the matter. The Firm charges for each 12-minute period commenced.
In addition to legal fees, the Firm charges for its out-of-pocket expenses. The Firm reserves the right to request the client advance payment for larger out-of-pocket expenses. The Firm reserves the right to charge for telephone, postage, and courier charges.
If the client’s insurance covers legal fees in the matter, the following shall apply. The firm reserves the right to request that the anticipated deductible be paid in advance.
Instead of the law firm’s general policy of monthly invoicing, the firm will follow the insurance company’s policy, which means that a conto invoicing each sixth month is permitted as well as final invoice when the matter is concluded. If the insurance company has deducted the client’s deductible when paying an a conto or final invoice, the client is liable to pay the deductible within 10 days of written request to do so. In the event the client’s retainer is used to pay the client’s deductible, the client shall replenish the retainer within 10 days of the written request to do so. The Law Firm reserves the right to withdraw from the assignment if the client fails to replenish the retainer.
The client is liable for the law firm’s fees to the extent the fees are not paid by the insurance company or in the event the insurance company demands return of payments previously made.
Disputes between the client and the client’s insurance company regarding insurance coverage or payments are not part of the law firm’s undertaking, unless the client requests the law firm’s legal assistance, in which case such services will be billed to the client irrespective of insurance coverage and in accordance with the firm’s general terms and conditions.
The Firm invoices on a monthly basis. Invoices are due and payable 10 days after invoicing. If insurance applies, invoicing is generally done bi-annually, regardless of whether the insurance company is willing to make payment on account. Penalty interest calculated in accordance with Sweden’s Act on Penalty Interest (Sw räntelagen) is charged on late payments. Fees are charged according to the law for payment reminders and collection measures.
The Firm reserves the right to withdraw from the assignment if the client fails to timely pay an invoice.
4. Limitation of Liability
Advising on tax matters is excluded from the scope of this engagement and neither the Firm nor Attorney is responsible for tax consequences that may arise for the client due to this assignment.
The Firm and/or Attorney are liable for damages caused by the wrongfully or careless provision of legal services. Liability is limited to a maximum amount of ten million Swedish kronor. Neither the Firm nor Attorney is liable to indemnify client for claims made by third parties.
The Firm’s and Attorney’s engagement encompasses legal services solely regarding Swedish law.
5. Choice of Law and Forum
This engagement is governed by Swedish law, without reference to Sweden’s choice of law principles. Disputes arising out of this engagement shall be resolved exclusively by the district court in Borås, Sweden. The client submits to the jurisdiction of the district court of Borås, Sweden for disputes between the Firm and/or Attorney and the client.
The Firm and/or Attorney, however, are
permitted to commence litigation in other jurisdictions for collection of fees owed to the Firm and/or Attorney.
6. Swedish Law Society’s Consumer Dispute Resolution Panel
The Consumer Dispute Resolution panel reviews disputes between consumers and a lawyer or a law firm. The panel’s address is:
102 54 Stockholm
7. Data Protection (GDPR)
The Law Firm’s use of personal data and the Law Firm’s policy regarding the same are available on the Law Firm’s web site.