Terms & Conditions

Please read our client terms and conditions.

Corporate Client Terms & Conditions

1. Accumulating ad-hoc advice 

We are always delighted to add value where we can, and this can manifest itself in occasional ad-hoc advice. However, we reserve the right to raise a separate fee where the cumulative value of time spent providing ad-hoc advice over a given period becomes significant.

2. Applicable law 

Our engagement letter, the schedule of services and our standard terms and conditions of business are governed by, and should be construed in accordance with English law. Each party agrees that the courts of England will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any claim, dispute or difference concerning this engagement letter and any matter arising from it. Each party irrevocably waives any right to object to any action being brought in those courts, to claim that the action has been brought in an inappropriate forum, or to claim that those courts do not have jurisdiction.

3. Bookkeeping 

Where we are required to perform a significant bookkeeping role as part of an agreed service (EG the submission of year end accounts or the submission of VAT returns), we will charge a bookkeeping fee at our prevailing hourly rate. A significant bookkeeping role is one that requires the processing of transactions or the correction of transactions already recorded and the subsequent aggregation of data into a format from which summary information can be extracted (IE a report normally known as a Trial Balance). For the purposes of this definition, bookkeeping does not include standard accounting adjustments that would normally be expected as part of the agreed service.

4. Client identification 

As with other professional services firms, we are required to identify our clients for the purposes of the UK anti-money laundering legislation. We may request from you, and retain, such information and documentation as we require for these purposes and/or make searches of appropriate databases.  If we are not able to obtain satisfactory evidence of your identity, we will not be able to proceed with the engagement.

5. Client money 

We may, from time to time, hold money on your behalf. The money will be held in trust in a client bank account, which is segregated from the firm’s funds. The account will be operated, and all funds dealt with, in accordance with ICAEW’s Clients’ Money Regulations.

We will return monies held on your behalf promptly, as soon as there is no longer any reason to retain those funds. If any funds remain in our client account that are unclaimed, and the client to which they relate has remained untraced for five years, or we as a firm cease to practise, we may pay those monies to a registered charity

6. Commissions and other benefits 

In some circumstances we may receive commissions or other benefits for introductions to other professionals or in respect of transactions which we arrange for you. Where this happens we will notify you in writing of the amount and terms of payment and receipt of any such commissions or benefits. The same will apply where the payment is made to or the transactions are arranged by a person or business connected with ours. The fees you would otherwise pay will not be reduced by the amount of the commissions or benefits. 

7. Complaints 

We are committed to providing you with a high quality service that is both efficient and effective. However, should there be any cause for complaint in relation to any aspect of our service please contact Tim Haggard. Where your complaint relates to that person, you should instead please contact Andrew Haggard. We agree to look into any complaint carefully and promptly and do everything reasonable to put it right. If you are still not satisfied you can refer your complaint to our professional body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

8. Confidentiality 

Unless we are authorised by you to disclose information on your behalf, we confirm that if you give us confidential information we will, at all times during and after this engagement, keep it confidential, except as required by law or as provided for in regulatory, ethical or other professional pronouncements applicable to us or our engagement.

You agree that, if we act for other clients who are or who become your competitors, to comply with our duty of confidentiality it will be sufficient for us to take such steps as we think appropriate to preserve the confidentiality of information given to us by you, both during and after this engagement. These may include taking the same or similar steps as we take in respect of the confidentiality of our own information.

In addition, if we act for other clients whose interests are or may be adverse to yours, we will manage the conflict by implementing additional safeguards to preserve confidentiality. Safeguards may include measures such as separate teams, physical separation of teams, and separate arrangements for storage of, and access to, information.

You agree that the effective implementation of such steps or safeguards as described above will provide adequate measures to avoid any real risk of confidentiality being impaired.

We may, on occasions, subcontract work on your affairs to other tax or accounting professionals. The subcontractors will be bound by our client confidentiality terms.

If we use external or cloud based systems, we will ensure confidentiality of your information is maintained.

We reserve the right, for the purpose of promotional activity, training or for other business purposes, to mention that you are a client. As stated above, we will not disclose any confidential information.

9. Conflicts of interest 

We will inform you if we become aware of any conflict of interest in our relationship with you or in our relationship with you and another client ,unless we are unable to do so because of our confidentiality obligations. We have safeguards that can be implemented to protect the interests of different clients if a conflict arises. If conflicts are identified which cannot be managed in a way that protects your interests, we regret that we will be unable to provide further services.

If there is a conflict of interest that is capable of being addressed successfully by the adoption of suitable safeguards to protect your interests, we will adopt those safeguards. In resolving the conflict, we would be guided by ICAEW’s Code of Ethics, which can be viewed at icaew.com/en/membership/regulations-standards-and-guidance/ethics. During and after our engagement, you agree that we reserve the right to act for other clients whose interests are or may compete with or be adverse to yours, subject, of course, to our obligations of confidentiality and the safeguards set out in the paragraph on confidentiality above.

10. Data protection 

10.1     Where we are the Data Controller

We will be Data Controller (therefore determining how and for what purposes personal data is being processed) in our delivery of all services, except for those for which we are the Data Processor (see 10.2 below).

10.1.1  In this clause 10.1, the following definitions shall apply:

  • ‘client personal data’ means any personal data provided to us by you, or on your behalf, for the purpose of providing our services to you, pursuant to our engagement letter with you;
  • ‘data protection legislation’ means all applicable privacy and data protection legislation and regulations including PECR, the GDPR and any applicable national laws, regulations and secondary legislation in the UK relating to the processing of personal data and the privacy of electronic communications, as amended, replaced or updated from time to time;
  • ‘controller’, ‘data subject’, ‘personal data’, and ‘process’ shall have the meanings given to them in the data protection legislation;
  • ‘GDPR’ means the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679); and
  • ‘PECR’ means the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (SI 2426/2003).

10.1.2  We shall each be considered an independent data controller in relation to the client personal data. Each of us will comply with all requirements and obligations applicable to us under the data protection legislation in respect of the client personal data.

10.1.3  You shall only disclose client personal data to us where:

(i) you have provided the necessary information to the relevant data subjects regarding its use (and you may use or refer to our privacy notice available at www.haggards.co.uk/privacy-policy/ for this purpose);

(ii) you have a lawful basis upon which to do so, which, in the absence of any other lawful basis, shall be with the relevant data subject’s consent; and

(iii) you have complied with the necessary requirements under the data protection legislation to enable you to do so.

10.1.4  Should you require any further details regarding our treatment of personal data, please contact our data protection manager.

10.2     Where we act as the Data Processor

We will perform the role of Data Processor (therefore processing data on behalf of you, the data controller) in our delivery of any payroll services we may from time to time provide to you in respect of your officers and employees.

10.2.1  In this clause 10.2

  • ‘client personal data’ means any personal data provided to us by you, or on your behalf, for the purpose of providing our services to you, pursuant to our engagement letter with you;
  • ‘data protection legislation’ means all applicable privacy and data protection legislation and regulations including PECR, the GDPR and any applicable national laws, regulations and secondary legislation in the UK relating to the processing of personal data and the privacy of electronic communications, as amended, replaced or updated from time to time;
  • ‘controller’, ‘data subject’, ‘personal data’, ‘personal data breach’, ‘processor’, ‘process’ and ‘supervisory authority’ shall have the meanings given to them in the data protection legislation;
  • ‘GDPR’ means the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679); and
  • ‘PECR’ means the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (SI 2426/2003).

10.2.2  We shall both comply with all applicable requirements of the data protection legislation. This clause 10.2 is in addition to, and does not relieve, remove or replace, either of our obligations under the data protection legislation.

10.2.3  We both acknowledge that for the purposes of the data protection legislation, you are the Data Controller and we are the Data Processor. The Scope of Services attached to our Engagement Letter together with our Privacy Notice sets out the scope, nature and purpose of processing by us, the duration of the processing and the types of personal data and categories of data subject.

10.2.4 In respect of the client personal data, unless otherwise required by applicable laws or other regulatory requirements, we shall:

a. process the client personal data only in accordance with your lawful written instructions, in order to provide you with the services pursuant to our engagement with you and in accordance with applicable data protection legislation;

b. disclose and transfer the client personal data to our regulatory bodies or other third parties (for example, our professional advisors or service providers)  as and to the extent necessary in order to provide you with the services pursuant to our engagement with you in relation to those services;

c. disclose the client personal data to courts, government agencies and other third parties as and to the extent required by law;

d. maintain written records of our processing activities performed on your behalf which shall include: (i) the categories of processing activities performed; (ii) details of any on cross border data transfers outside of the European Economic Area (EEA); and (iii) a general description of security measures implemented in respect of the client personal data;

e. maintain commercially reasonable and appropriate security measures, including administrative, physical and technical safeguards, to protect against unauthorised or unlawful processing of any client personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, such client personal data.

f. return or delete all the client personal data upon the termination of the engagement with you pursuant to which we agreed to provide the services;

g. ensure that only those personnel who need to have access to the client personal data are granted access to it and that all of the personnel authorised to process the client personal data are bound by a duty of confidentiality;

h. notify you if we appoint a sub-processor (but only if you have given us your  prior written consent, such consent not to be reasonably withheld or delayed) and ensure any agreement entered into with the relevant sub-processor includes similar terms as the terms set out in this clause 10.2;

i. where we transfer the client personal data to a country or territory outside the EEA  to do so in accordance with data protection legislation;

j. notify you promptly if:

i. we receive a request, complaint or any adverse correspondence from or on behalf of a relevant data subject, to exercise their data subject rights under the data protection legislation or in respect of the client personal data; or

ii.we are served with an information or assessment notice, or receive any other material communication in respect of our processing of the client personal data from a supervisory body (for example, the Information Commissioner’s Officer);

k. notify you, without undue delay, in the event that we reasonably believe that there has been a personal data breach in respect of the client personal data;

l. at your cost and upon receipt of you prior written notice, allow you, on an annual basis and/or in the event that we notify you of personal data breach in respect of the client personal data, reasonable access to the relevant records, files, computer or other communication systems, for the purposes of reviewing our compliance with the data protection laws.

10.2.5  Without prejudice to the generality of clause 10.2.2, you will ensure that you have all necessary appropriate consents and notices in place to enable the lawful transfer of the client personal data to us.

10.2.6  Should you require any further details regarding our treatment of personal data, please contact our data protection officer.

11. Disengagement 

Should we resign or be requested to resign we will normally issue a disengagement letter to ensure that our respective responsibilities are clear. Should we have no contact with you for a period of 12 months or more we may issue to your last known address a disengagement letter and thereafter cease to act. 

12. Electronic and other communication 

Unless you instruct us otherwise we may, where appropriate, communicate with you and with third parties via email or by other electronic means. The recipient is responsible for virus checking emails and any attachments.

With electronic communication there is a risk of non-receipt, delayed receipt, inadvertent misdirection or interception by third parties. We use virus-scanning software to reduce the risk of viruses and similar damaging items being transmitted through emails or electronic storage devices. However electronic communication is not totally secure and we cannot be held responsible for damage or loss caused by viruses nor for communications which are corrupted or altered after dispatch. Nor can we accept any liability for problems or accidental errors relating to this means of communication especially in relation to commercially sensitive material. These are risks you must agree to bear in return for greater efficiency and lower costs. If you do not wish to accept these risks please let us know and we will communicate by paper mail, other than where electronic submission is mandatory.

Any communication by us with you sent through the post system is deemed to arrive at your postal address two working days after the day that the document was sent.

13. Fees and payment terms 

Our fees may depend, not only upon the time spent on your affairs, but also on the level of skill and responsibility and the importance and value of the advice we provide, as well as the level of risk.

If we provide you with an estimate of our fees for any specific work, the estimate will not be contractually binding unless we explicitly state that will be the case. Otherwise, our fees will be calculated on the basis of the hours worked by each member of staff necessarily engaged on your affairs, multiplied by their charge-out rate per hour, VAT being charged thereon. Indicative hourly charge-out rates are set out in paragraph 24 below.

If requested, we may indicate a fixed fee for the provision of specific services or an indicative range of fees for a particular assignment. It is not our practice to identify fixed fees for more than a year ahead as such fee quotes need to be reviewed in the light of events. If it becomes apparent to us, due to unforeseen circumstances, that a fee quote is inadequate, we reserve the right to notify you of a revised figure or range and to seek your agreement thereto.

In some cases, you may be entitled to assistance with your professional fees, particularly in relation to any investigation into your tax affairs by HMRC. Assistance may be provided through insurance policies you hold or via membership of a professional or trade body. Other than where such insurance was arranged through us, you will need to advise us of any such insurance cover you have. You will remain liable for our fees regardless of whether all or part are liable to be paid by your insurers.

We will bill [monthly] [quarterly] [half-yearly] and our invoices will be due for payment within 30 days of the invoice date. Our fees are exclusive of VAT which will be added where it is chargeable. Any disbursements we incur on your behalf, and expenses incurred in the course of carrying out our work for you, will be added to our invoices where appropriate.

Unless otherwise agreed to the contrary, our fees do not include the costs of any third party, counsel or other professional fees. If these costs are incurred to fulfil our engagement, such necessary additional charges may be payable by you.

We reserve the right to charge interest on late paid invoices at the rate of 8% above bank base rates under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. We also reserve the right to suspend our services or to cease to act for you, having given written notice, if payment of any fees is unduly delayed. We intend to exercise these rights only if it is fair and reasonable to do so.

If you do not accept that an invoiced fee is fair and reasonable, you must notify us within 21 days of receipt, failing which, you will be deemed to have accepted that payment is due.

If a client company, trust or other entity is unable or unwilling to settle our fees, we reserve the right to seek payment from the individual (or parent company) giving us instructions on behalf of the client, and we shall be entitled to enforce any sums due against the group company or individual nominated to act for you.

14. Help us to give the best service 

We are committed to providing you with a high quality service that is both efficient and effective. If, at any point you would like to discuss with us how our service to you could be improved, or if you are dissatisfied with the service you are receiving, please let us know by contacting Nicky Di Mond on 0207 384 0920 or at Nicky@haggards.co.uk

We undertake to look into any complaint carefully and promptly and to do all we can to explain the position to you. If we do not answer your complaint to your satisfaction, you may, of course, take up the matter with our professional body, ICAEW.

15. Implementation 

We will only assist with implementation of our advice if specifically instructed and agreed in writing. 

16. Intellectual property rights and use of our name 

We will retain all intellectual property rights in any document prepared by us during the course of carrying out the engagement except where the law specifically states otherwise.

You are not permitted to use our name in any statement or document you may issue unless our prior written consent has been obtained. The only exception to this restriction would be statements or documents that, in accordance with applicable law, are to be made public.

17. Interpretation 

If any provision of our engagement letter or terms of business is held to be void, that provision will be deemed not to form part of this contract. In the event of any conflict between these terms of business and the engagement letter or appendices, the relevant provision in the engagement letter or schedules will take precedence.

18. Internal disputes with a client 

If we become aware of a dispute between the parties who own or are in some way involved in the ownership and management of the business, it should be noted that our client is the business and we would not provide information or services to one party without the express knowledge and permission of all parties. Unless otherwise agreed by all parties we will continue to supply information to the normal place of business for the attention of the directors. If conflicting advice, information or instructions are received from different directors in the business we will refer the matter back to the board of directors and take no further action until the board has agreed the action to be taken. 

19. Investment advice 

Investment business is regulated by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. If, during the provision of professional services to you, you need advice on investments including insurances, we may have to refer you to someone who is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority or licensed by a Designated Professional Body, as we are not.

20. Lien 

Insofar as we are permitted to do so by law or professional guidelines, we reserve the right to exercise a lien over all funds, documents and records in our possession relating to all engagements for you until all outstanding fees and disbursements are paid in full. 

21. Limitation of liability 

We will provide our services with reasonable care and skill. Our liability to you is limited to losses, damages, costs and expenses directly caused by our negligence or wilful default.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS CAUSED BY OTHERS

We will not be liable if such losses, penalties, surcharges, interest or additional tax liabilities are caused by the acts or omissions of any other person or due to the provision to us of incomplete, misleading or false information or if they are caused by a failure to act on our advice or a failure to provide us with relevant information.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY IN RELATION TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL

We will not be liable to you for any delay or failure to perform our obligations under this engagement letter if the delay or failure is caused by circumstances outside our reasonable control.

CHANGES IN THE LAW

We will not accept responsibility if you act on advice given by us on an earlier occasion without first confirming with us that the advice is still valid in the light of any change in the law or your circumstances.

We will accept no liability for losses arising from changes in the law or the interpretation thereof that are first published after the date on which the advice is given

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY RELATING TO THE DISCOVERY OF FRAUD ETC

We will not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage or expense incurred or sustained if information material to the service we are providing is withheld or concealed from us or misrepresented to us. This applies equally to fraudulent acts, misrepresentation or wilful default on the part of any party to the transaction and their directors, officers, employees, agents or advisers.

This exclusion shall not apply where such misrepresentation, withholding or concealment is or should (in carrying out the procedures which we have agreed to perform with reasonable care and skill) have been evident to us without further enquiry beyond that which it would have been reasonable for us to have carried out in the circumstances.

INDEMNITY FOR UNAUTHORISED DISCLOSURE

You agree to indemnify us and our agents in respect of any claim (including any claim for negligence) arising out of any unauthorised disclosure by you or by any person for whom you are responsible of our advice and opinions, whether in writing or otherwise. This indemnity will extend to the cost of defending any such claim, including payment at our usual rates for the time that we spend in defending it.

You have agreed that you will not bring any claim of a kind that is included within the subject of the limit against any of our partners or employees on a personal basis.

22. Limitation of third party rights 

The advice and information we provide to you as part of our service is for your sole use and not for any third party to whom you may communicate it unless we have expressly agreed in the engagement letter that a specified third party may rely on our work. We accept no responsibility to third parties, including any group company to whom the engagement letter is not addressed, for any advice, information or material produced as part of our work for you which you make available to them. A party to this agreement is the only person who has the right to enforce any of its terms and no rights or benefits are conferred on any third party under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. 

23. Period of engagement and termination 

Unless otherwise agreed in our engagement letter, our work will begin when we receive implicit or explicit acceptance of that letter. Except as stated in that letter, we will not be responsible for periods before that date.

Each of us may terminate our agreement by giving not less than 3 months’ notice in writing to the other party except if you fail to cooperate with us or we have reason to believe that you have provided us or HMRC with misleading information, in which case we may terminate this agreement immediately. Termination will be without prejudice to any rights that may have accrued to either of us before termination.

We reserve the right to terminate the engagement between us with immediate effect in the event of: your insolvency, bankruptcy or other arrangement being reached with creditors; an independence issue or change in the law which means we can no longer act; failure to pay our fees by the due dates; or either party being in breach of their obligations if this is not corrected within 30 days of being asked to do so.

In the event of termination of our contract, we will endeavour to agree with you the arrangements for the completion of work in progress at that time, unless we are required for legal or regulatory reasons to cease work immediately. In that event, we will not be required to carry out further work and shall not be responsible or liable for any consequences arising from termination.

24. Prevailing charge out rates, minimum fees and discounts 

Our hourly rates for the year commencing 1st May 2018 are:

  • Partner: £200-£250
  • Senior manager: £150-£200
  • Manager: £130-£150
  • Client manager: £80-£100
  • Accountant: £45-£60
  • Bookkeeping: £45

Our minimum fees for the year commencing 1st May 2018 are:

  • LTD company year-end accounts and corporation tax return £1,200**
  • LLP year-end accounts and partnership tax return £1,600
  • VAT return preparation and submission £110
  • Rapid turnaround service £150
  • Very rapid turnaround service £350-£500
  • Director payroll (invoiced annually in advance) £185* for a sole director, £95 for each additional director.
  • Registered office (invoiced annually in advance) £70*
  • Director service address £40*

* Billed annually in advance for 12 months to 30th April, or any part thereof.

** Discounts are available of between 20% (for small trading companies) and 85% (for dormant companies).

25. Professional rules and statutory obligations 

We will observe and act in accordance with the Bye-laws, regulations and Code of Ethics of ICAEW and will accept instructions to act for you on this basis. In particular you give us the authority to correct errors made by HMRC if we become aware of them. We will not be liable for any loss, damage or cost arising from our compliance with statutory or regulatory obligations. You can see copies of these requirements in our offices. The requirements are also available online at icaew.com/en/membership/regulations-standards-and-guidance.

26. Rapid turnaround and very rapid turnaround services

The Rapid Turnaround service will be required when data is received by us as follows:

  • For annual financial statements: less than 2 months before the relevant statutory filing deadline at Companies House.
  • For VAT returns: after the end of the month following the end of the quarter to which the return relates.

The Very Rapid Turnaround service will be required when data is received by us as follows:

  • For annual financial statements: less than 1 month before the relevant statutory filing deadline at Companies House,.
  • For VAT returns: on or after the working day preceding the relevant filing deadline.

Fees for Rapid Turnaround and Very Rapid Turnaround services (as set out in section 24 above) will be discounted by 100% under the following circumstances:

  • On the first occasion that the service is required.
  • Where you have provided substantially all of the data required prior to the date on which the extra fee would become applicable. To be clear, it is entirely normal for us to have follow up queries and to ask for additional information and this on its own will not lead to us charging an additional fee.
  • Where you have informed us of special circumstances and we have agreed that the additional fee will be waived.

27. Reliance on advice 

We will endeavour to record all advice on important matters in writing. Advice given orally is not intended to be relied upon unless confirmed in writing. Therefore, if we provide oral advice (for example during the course of a meeting or a telephone conversation) and you wish to be able to rely on that advice, you must ask for the advice to be confirmed by us in writing. 

28. Retention of papers 

You have a legal responsibility to retain documents and records relevant to your tax affairs. During the course of our work we may collect information from you and others relevant to your tax affairs.

We will return any original documents to you. Documents and records relevant to your tax affairs are required by law to be retained for six years from the end of the accounting period

Although certain documents may legally belong to you, we may destroy correspondence and other papers that we store electronically or otherwise that are more than seven years old, except documents we think may be of continuing significance. You must tell us if you wish us to keep any document for any longer period.

29. The provision of services regulations 2009 

In accordance with our professional body rules, we are required to hold professional indemnity insurance. The contact details for the insurer and territorial coverage of the insurance are available at the Parsons Green office.

30. Timing of our services 

If you provide us with all information and explanations on a timely basis in accordance with our requirements, we will plan to undertake the work within a reasonable period of time to meet any regulatory deadlines. However, failure to complete our services before any such regulatory deadline would not, of itself, mean that we are liable for any penalty or additional costs arising.

31. Transfer of terms 

The partners of Haggards Crowther Professional Services LLP may from time to time and in the ordinary course of business, change its name and/or the legal entity through which they trade. In the event of any such change of name and/or legal status, the terms of the Engagement Letter in place at the time, together with accompanying the schedule(s) of service and standard terms and conditions will be deemed to transfer in full to the new entity. 

32. Your responsibilities 

You have undertaken to make available to us, as and when required, all the accounting records and related financial information, including minutes of management meetings, which we need to do our work. You will provide us with all information and explanations relevant to the purpose and compilation of the accounting records, and you will disclose to us all relevant information in full.

You are responsible for ensuring that, to the best of your knowledge and belief, financial information, whether used by the business or for the accounting records, is accurate and complete. You are also responsible for ensuring that the activities of the business are conducted honestly, and for safeguarding the assets of the business and for taking reasonable steps to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

You are responsible for monitoring your monthly turnover to establish whether you are liable to register for VAT. If you do not understand what you need to do, please ask us. If you exceed the VAT registration threshold, and wish us to assist you in notifying HMRC of your liability to be VAT registered we will be pleased to assist you in the VAT registration process. You should notify us of your instructions to assist in your VAT registration in good time to enable a VAT registration form to be submitted within the time limit of one month following the month in which you exceed the VAT registration threshold in force at that time. We will not be responsible if you fail to notify us in time and incur a late registration penalty as a result.

You are responsible for ensuring that the business complies with the laws and regulations that apply to its activities, and for preventing non-compliance and for detecting any that occurs.

You are responsible for making any payments due of corporation tax, VAT and in respect of PAYE on time. Failure to do this may lead to automatic penalties, surcharges and/or interest.

Private Client Terms & Conditions

1. Accumulating ad-hoc advice 

We are always delighted to add value where we can, and this can manifest itself in occasional ad-hoc advice. However, we reserve the right to raise a separate fee where the cumulative value of time spent providing ad-hoc advice over a given period becomes significant. 

2. Applicable law 

Our engagement letter, the schedule of services and our standard terms and conditions of business are governed by, and should be construed in accordance with English law. Each party agrees that the courts of England will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any claim, dispute or difference concerning this engagement letter and any matter arising from it. Each party irrevocably waives any right to object to any action being brought in those courts, to claim that the action has been brought in an inappropriate forum, or to claim that those courts do not have jurisdiction.

3. Bookkeeping 

Where we are required to perform a significant bookkeeping role as part of an agreed service (EG for sole trader yearend accounts or for the submission of VAT returns), we will charge a bookkeeping fee at our prevailing hourly rate. A significant bookkeeping role is one that requires the processing of transactions or the correction of transactions already recorded and the subsequent aggregation of data into a format from which summary information can be extracted (IE a report normally known as a Trial Balance). For the purposes of this definition, bookkeeping does not include standard accounting adjustments that would normally be expected as part of the agreed service.

4. Client identification 

As with other professional services firms, we are required to identify our clients for the purposes of the UK anti-money laundering legislation. We may request from you, and retain, such information and documentation as we require for these purposes and/or make searches of appropriate databases.  If we are not able to obtain satisfactory evidence of your identity, we will not be able to proceed with the engagement.

5. Client money 

We may, from time to time, hold money on your behalf. The money will be held in trust in a client bank account, which is segregated from the firm’s funds. The account will be operated, and all funds dealt with, in accordance with ICAEW’s Clients’ Money Regulations.

We will return monies held on your behalf promptly, as soon as there is no longer any reason to retain those funds. If any funds remain in our client account that are unclaimed, and the client to which they relate has remained untraced for five years, or we as a firm cease to practise, we may pay those monies to a registered charity.

6. Commissions and other benefits 

In some circumstances we may receive commissions or other benefits for introductions to other professionals or in respect of transactions which we arrange for you. Where this happens we will notify you in writing of the amount and terms of payment and receipt of any such commissions or benefits. The same will apply where the payment is made to or the transactions are arranged by a person or business connected with ours. The fees you would otherwise pay will not be reduced by the amount of the commissions or benefits. 

7. Complaints 

We are committed to providing you with a high quality service that is both efficient and effective. However, should there be any cause for complaint in relation to any aspect of our service please contact Tim Haggard. Where your complaint relates to that person, you should instead please contact Andrew Haggard. We agree to look into any complaint carefully and promptly and do everything reasonable to put it right. If you are still not satisfied you can refer your complaint to our professional body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

8. Confidentiality 

Unless we are authorised by you to disclose information on your behalf, we confirm that if you give us confidential information we will, at all times during and after this engagement, keep it confidential, except as required by law or as provided for in regulatory, ethical or other professional pronouncements applicable to us or our engagement.

You agree that, if we act for other clients who are or who become your competitors, to comply with our duty of confidentiality it will be sufficient for us to take such steps as we think appropriate to preserve the confidentiality of information given to us by you, both during and after this engagement. These may include taking the same or similar steps as we take in respect of the confidentiality of our own information.

In addition, if we act for other clients whose interests are or may be adverse to yours, we will manage the conflict by implementing additional safeguards to preserve confidentiality. Safeguards may include measures such as separate teams, physical separation of teams, and separate arrangements for storage of, and access to, information.

You agree that the effective implementation of such steps or safeguards as described above will provide adequate measures to avoid any real risk of confidentiality being impaired.

We may, on occasions, subcontract work on your affairs to other tax or accounting professionals. The subcontractors will be bound by our client confidentiality terms.

If we use external or cloud based systems, we will ensure confidentiality of your information is maintained.

We reserve the right, for the purpose of promotional activity, training or for other business purposes, to mention that you are a client. As stated above, we will not disclose any confidential information.

9. Conflicts of interest 

We will inform you if we become aware of any conflict of interest in our relationship with you or in our relationship with you and another client ,unless we are unable to do so because of our confidentiality obligations. We have safeguards that can be implemented to protect the interests of different clients if a conflict arises. If conflicts are identified which cannot be managed in a way that protects your interests, we regret that we will be unable to provide further services.

If there is a conflict of interest that is capable of being addressed successfully by the adoption of suitable safeguards to protect your interests, we will adopt those safeguards. In resolving the conflict, we would be guided by ICAEW’s Code of Ethics, which can be viewed at icaew.com/en/membership/regulations-standards-and-guidance/ethics. During and after our engagement, you agree that we reserve the right to act for other clients whose interests are or may compete with or be adverse to yours, subject, of course, to our obligations of confidentiality and the safeguards set out in the paragraph on confidentiality above.

10. Data protection 

10.1    Where we are the Data Controller

We will be Data Controller (therefore determining how and for what purposes personal data is being processed) in our delivery of all services, except for those for which we are the Data Processor (see 10.2 below).

10.1.1  In this clause 10.1, the following definitions shall apply:

  • ‘client personal data’ means any personal data provided to us by you, or on your behalf, for the purpose of providing our services to you, pursuant to our engagement letter with you;
  • ‘data protection legislation’ means all applicable privacy and data protection legislation and regulations including PECR, the GDPR and any applicable national laws, regulations and secondary legislation in the UK relating to the processing of personal data and the privacy of electronic communications, as amended, replaced or updated from time to time;
  • ‘controller’, ‘data subject’, ‘personal data’, and ‘process’ shall have the meanings given to them in the data protection legislation;
  • ‘GDPR’ means the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679); and
  • ‘PECR’ means the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (SI 2426/2003).

10.1.2  We shall each be considered an independent data controller in relation to the client personal data. Each of us will comply with all requirements and obligations applicable to us under the data protection legislation in respect of the client personal data.

10.1.3  You shall only disclose client personal data to us where:

(i) you have provided the necessary information to the relevant data subjects regarding its use (and you may use or refer to our privacy notice available at www.haggards.co.uk/privacy-policy/ for this purpose);
(ii) you have a lawful basis upon which to do so, which, in the absence of any other lawful basis, shall be with the relevant data subject’s consent; and
(iii) you have complied with the necessary requirements under the data protection legislation to enable you to do so.

10.1.4  Should you require any further details regarding our treatment of personal data, please contact our data protection manager.

10.2     Where we act as the Data Processor

We will perform the role of Data Processor (therefore processing data on behalf of you, the data controller) in our delivery of any payroll services we may from time to time provide to you in respect of your officers and employees.

10.2.1  In this clause 10.2

‘client personal data’ means any personal data provided to us by you, or on your behalf, for the purpose of providing our services to you, pursuant to our engagement letter with you;

  • ‘data protection legislation’ means all applicable privacy and data protection legislation and regulations including PECR, the GDPR and any applicable national laws, regulations and secondary legislation in the UK relating to the processing of personal data and the privacy of electronic communications, as amended, replaced or updated from time to time;
  • ‘controller’, ‘data subject’, ‘personal data’, ‘personal data breach’, ‘processor’, ‘process’ and ‘supervisory authority’ shall have the meanings given to them in the data protection legislation;
  • ‘GDPR’ means the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679); and
  • ‘PECR’ means the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (SI 2426/2003).

10.2.2  We shall both comply with all applicable requirements of the data protection legislation. This clause 10.2 is in addition to, and does not relieve, remove or replace, either of our obligations under the data protection legislation.

10.2.3  We both acknowledge that for the purposes of the data protection legislation, you are the Data Controller and we are the Data Processor. The Scope of Services attached to our Engagement Letter together with our Privacy Notice sets out the scope, nature and purpose of processing by us, the duration of the processing and the types of personal data and categories of data subject.

10.2.4 In respect of the client personal data, unless otherwise required by applicable laws or other regulatory requirements, we shall:

a. process the client personal data only in accordance with your lawful written instructions, in order to provide you with the services pursuant to our engagement with you and in accordance with applicable data protection legislation;

b. disclose and transfer the client personal data to our regulatory bodies or other third parties (for example, our professional advisors or service providers)  as and to the extent necessary in order to provide you with the services pursuant to our engagement with you in relation to those services;

c. disclose the client personal data to courts, government agencies and other third parties as and to the extent required by law;

d. maintain written records of our processing activities performed on your behalf which shall include: (i) the categories of processing activities performed; (ii) details of any on cross border data transfers outside of the European Economic Area (EEA); and (iii) a general description of security measures implemented in respect of the client personal data;

e. maintain commercially reasonable and appropriate security measures, including administrative, physical and technical safeguards, to protect against unauthorised or unlawful processing of any client personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, such client personal data.

f. return or delete all the client personal data upon the termination of the engagement with you pursuant to which we agreed to provide the services;

g. ensure that only those personnel who need to have access to the client personal data are granted access to it and that all of the personnel authorised to process the client personal data are bound by a duty of confidentiality;

h. notify you if we appoint a sub-processor (but only if you have given us your  prior written consent, such consent not to be reasonably withheld or delayed) and ensure any agreement entered into with the relevant sub-processor includes similar terms as the terms set out in this clause 10.2;

i. where we transfer the client personal data to a country or territory outside the EEA  to do so in accordance with data protection legislation;

j. notify you promptly if:

i. we receive a request, complaint or any adverse correspondence from or on behalf of a relevant data subject, to exercise their data subject rights under the data protection legislation or in respect of the client personal data; or

ii.we are served with an information or assessment notice, or receive any other material communication in respect of our processing of the client personal data from a supervisory body (for example, the Information Commissioner’s Officer);

k. notify you, without undue delay, in the event that we reasonably believe that there has been a personal data breach in respect of the client personal data;

l. at your cost and upon receipt of you prior written notice, allow you, on an annual basis and/or in the event that we notify you of personal data breach in respect of the client personal data, reasonable access to the relevant records, files, computer or other communication systems, for the purposes of reviewing our compliance with the data protection laws.

10.2.5  Without prejudice to the generality of clause 10.2.2, you will ensure that you have all necessary appropriate consents and notices in place to enable the lawful transfer of the client personal data to us.

10.2.6  Should you require any further details regarding our treatment of personal data, please contact our data protection officer.

11. Disengagement 

Should we resign or be requested to resign we will normally issue a disengagement letter to ensure that our respective responsibilities are clear. Should we have no contact with you for a period of 12 months or more we may issue to your last known address a disengagement letter and thereafter cease to act. 

12. Electronic and other communication 

Unless you instruct us otherwise we may, where appropriate, communicate with you and with third parties via email or by other electronic means. The recipient is responsible for virus checking emails and any attachments.

With electronic communication there is a risk of non-receipt, delayed receipt, inadvertent misdirection or interception by third parties. We use virus-scanning software to reduce the risk of viruses and similar damaging items being transmitted through emails or electronic storage devices. However electronic communication is not totally secure and we cannot be held responsible for damage or loss caused by viruses nor for communications which are corrupted or altered after despatch. Nor can we accept any liability for problems or accidental errors relating to this means of communication especially in relation to commercially sensitive material. These are risks you must agree to bear in return for greater efficiency and lower costs. If you do not wish to accept these risks please let us know and we will communicate by paper mail, other than where electronic submission is mandatory.

Any communication by us with you sent through the post system is deemed to arrive at your postal address two working days after the day that the document was sent.

13. Fees and payment terms 

Our fees may depend, not only upon the time spent on your affairs, but also on the level of skill and responsibility and the importance and value of the advice we provide, as well as the level of risk.

If we provide you with an estimate of our fees for any specific work, the estimate will not be contractually binding unless we explicitly state that will be the case. Otherwise, our fees will be calculated on the basis of the hours worked by each member of staff necessarily engaged on your affairs, multiplied by their charge-out rate per hour, VAT being charged thereon. Indicative hourly charge-out rates are set out in paragraph 24 below.

If requested, we may indicate a fixed fee for the provision of specific services or an indicative range of fees for a particular assignment. It is not our practice to identify fixed fees for more than a year ahead as such fee quotes need to be reviewed in the light of events. If it becomes apparent to us, due to unforeseen circumstances, that a fee quote is inadequate, we reserve the right to notify you of a revised figure or range and to seek your agreement thereto.

In some cases, you may be entitled to assistance with your professional fees, particularly in relation to any investigation into your tax affairs by HMRC. Assistance may be provided through insurance policies you hold or via membership of a professional or trade body. Other than where such insurance was arranged through us, you will need to advise us of any such insurance cover you have. You will remain liable for our fees regardless of whether all or part are liable to be paid by your insurers.

We will bill [monthly] [quarterly] [half-yearly] and our invoices will be due for payment within 30 days of the invoice date. Our fees are exclusive of VAT which will be added where it is chargeable. Any disbursements we incur on your behalf, and expenses incurred in the course of carrying out our work for you, will be added to our invoices where appropriate.

Unless otherwise agreed to the contrary, our fees do not include the costs of any third party, counsel or other professional fees. If these costs are incurred to fulfil our engagement, such necessary additional charges may be payable by you.

We reserve the right to charge interest on late paid invoices at the rate of 8% above bank base rates under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. We also reserve the right to suspend our services or to cease to act for you, having given written notice, if payment of any fees is unduly delayed. We intend to exercise these rights only if it is fair and reasonable to do so.

If you do not accept that an invoiced fee is fair and reasonable, you must notify us within 21 days of receipt, failing which, you will be deemed to have accepted that payment is due.

If a client company, trust or other entity is unable or unwilling to settle our fees, we reserve the right to seek payment from the individual (or parent company) giving us instructions on behalf of the client, and we shall be entitled to enforce any sums due against the group company or individual nominated to act for you.

14. Help us to give the best service 

We are committed to providing you with a high quality service that is both efficient and effective. If, at any point you would like to discuss with us how our service to you could be improved, or if you are dissatisfied with the service you are receiving, please let us know by contacting Nicky Di Mond on 0207 384 0920 or at Nicky@haggards.co.uk

We undertake to look into any complaint carefully and promptly and to do all we can to explain the position to you. If we do not answer your complaint to your satisfaction, you may, of course, take up the matter with our professional body, ICAEW.

15. Implementation 

We will only assist with implementation of our advice if specifically instructed and agreed in writing. 

16. Intellectual property rights and use of our name 

We will retain all intellectual property rights in any document prepared by us during the course of carrying out the engagement except where the law specifically states otherwise.

You are not permitted to use our name in any statement or document you may issue unless our prior written consent has been obtained. The only exception to this restriction would be statements or documents that, in accordance with applicable law, are to be made public.

17. Interpretation 

If any provision of our engagement letter or terms of business is held to be void, that provision will be deemed not to form part of this contract. In the event of any conflict between these terms of business and the engagement letter or appendices, the relevant provision in the engagement letter or schedules will take precedence.

18. Internal disputes with a client 

If we become aware of a dispute between the parties who own or are in some way involved in the ownership and management of the business, it should be noted that our client is the business and we would not provide information or services to one party without the express knowledge and permission of all parties. Unless otherwise agreed by all parties we will continue to supply information to the normal place of business for the attention of the directors/principals. If conflicting advice, information or instructions are received from different directors/principals in the business we will refer the matter back to the board of directors/the partnership/the LLP and take no further action until the board/partnership/LLP has agreed the action to be taken. 

19. Investment advice 

Investment business is regulated by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. If, during the provision of professional services to you, you need advice on investments including insurances, we may have to refer you to someone who is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority or licensed by a Designated Professional Body, as we are not.

20. Lien 

Insofar as we are permitted to do so by law or professional guidelines, we reserve the right to exercise a lien over all funds, documents and records in our possession relating to all engagements for you until all outstanding fees and disbursements are paid in full. 

21. Limitation of liability 

We will provide our services with reasonable care and skill. Our liability to you is limited to losses, damages, costs and expenses directly caused by our negligence or wilful default.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR LOSS CAUSED BY OTHERS

We will not be liable if such losses, penalties, surcharges, interest or additional tax liabilities are caused by the acts or omissions of any other person or due to the provision to us of incomplete, misleading or false information or if they are caused by a failure to act on our advice or a failure to provide us with relevant information.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY IN RELATION TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL

We will not be liable to you for any delay or failure to perform our obligations under this engagement letter if the delay or failure is caused by circumstances outside our reasonable control.

CHANGES IN THE LAW

We will not accept responsibility if you act on advice given by us on an earlier occasion without first confirming with us that the advice is still valid in the light of any change in the law or your circumstances.

We will accept no liability for losses arising from changes in the law or the interpretation thereof that are first published after the date on which the advice is given.

EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY RELATING TO THE DISCOVERY OF FRAUD ETC

We will not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage or expense incurred or sustained if information material to the service we are providing is withheld or concealed from us or misrepresented to us. This applies equally to fraudulent acts, misrepresentation or wilful default on the part of any party to the transaction and their directors, officers, employees, agents or advisers.

This exclusion shall not apply where such misrepresentation, withholding or concealment is or should (in carrying out the procedures which we have agreed to perform with reasonable care and skill) have been evident to us without further enquiry beyond that which it would have been reasonable for us to have carried out in the circumstances.

INDEMNITY FOR UNAUTHORISED DISCLOSURE You agree to indemnify us and our agents in respect of any claim (including any claim for negligence) arising out of any unauthorised disclosure by you or by any person for whom you are responsible of our advice and opinions, whether in writing or otherwise. This indemnity will extend to the cost of defending any such claim, including payment at our usual rates for the time that we spend in defending it.

You have agreed that you will not bring any claim of a kind that is included within the subject of the limit against any of our partners or employees on a personal basis.

22. Limitation of third party rights 

The advice and information we provide to you as part of our service is for your sole use and not for any third party to whom you may communicate it unless we have expressly agreed in the engagement letter that a specified third party may rely on our work. We accept no responsibility to third parties, including any group company to whom the engagement letter is not addressed, for any advice, information or material produced as part of our work for you which you make available to them. A party to this agreement is the only person who has the right to enforce any of its terms and no rights or benefits are conferred on any third party under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. 

23. Period of engagement and termination 

Unless otherwise agreed in our engagement letter, our work will begin when we receive implicit or explicit acceptance of that letter. Except as stated in that letter, we will not be responsible for periods before that date.

Each of us may terminate our agreement by giving not less than 3 months’ notice in writing to the other party except if you fail to cooperate with us or we have reason to believe that you have provided us or HMRC with misleading information, in which case we may terminate this agreement immediately. Termination will be without prejudice to any rights that may have accrued to either of us before termination.

We reserve the right to terminate the engagement between us with immediate effect in the event of: your insolvency, bankruptcy or other arrangement being reached with creditors; an independence issue or change in the law which means we can no longer act; failure to pay our fees by the due dates; or either party being in breach of their obligations if this is not corrected within 30 days of being asked to do so.

In the event of termination of our contract, we will endeavour to agree with you the arrangements for the completion of work in progress at that time, unless we are required for legal or regulatory reasons to cease work immediately. In that event, we will not be required to carry out further work and shall not be responsible or liable for any consequences arising from termination.

24. Prevailing charge out rates, minimum fees and discounts 

Our hourly rates for the year commencing 1st May 2018 are:

  • Tax Partner: £250
  • Tax Manager: £130-£150
  • Tax Assistant: £55-£67

Our minimum fees for the year commencing 1st May 2018 are:

  • Personal tax return £265*
  • Mortgage application support £110
  • Rapid turnaround service £150
  • Very rapid turnaround service £350-£500

*A discount of £80 is available for owner directors of businesses for which we also act, where we receive data such that we are able to finalise the personal tax return and the year-end accounts of the business concurrently.

25. Professional rules and statutory obligations 

We will observe and act in accordance with the Bye-laws, regulations and Code of Ethics of ICAEW and will accept instructions to act for you on this basis. In particular you give us the authority to correct errors made by HMRC if we become aware of them. We will not be liable for any loss, damage or cost arising from our compliance with statutory or regulatory obligations. You can see copies of these requirements in our offices. The requirements are also available online at icaew.com/en/membership/regulations-standards-and-guidance.

26. Rapid Turnaround Service and Very Rapid Turnaround services

The Rapid Turnaround service will be required when data is received by us on or after 1st December following the end of the tax year, and the Very Rapid Turnaround service will be required when data is received by us on or after 1st January following the end of the tax year.

Fees for Rapid Turnaround and Very Rapid Turnaround services (as set out in paragraph 24 above) will be discounted by 100% under the following circumstances:

  • On the first occasion that the service is required.
  • Where you have provided substantially all of the data required prior to the date on which the extra fee would become applicable. To be clear, it is entirely normal for us to have follow up queries and to ask for additional information and this on its own will not lead to us charging an additional fee.
  • Where you have informed us of special circumstances and we have agreed that the additional fee will be waived.

27. Reliance on advice 

We will endeavour to record all advice on important matters in writing. Advice given orally is not intended to be relied upon unless confirmed in writing. Therefore, if we provide oral advice (for example during the course of a meeting or a telephone conversation) and you wish to be able to rely on that advice, you must ask for the advice to be confirmed by us in writing. 

28. Retention of papers 

You have a legal responsibility to retain documents and records relevant to your tax affairs. During the course of our work we may collect information from you and others relevant to your tax affairs.

We will return any original documents to you if requested. Documents and records relevant to your tax affairs are required by law to be retained as follows:

  • with trading or rental income: five years and ten months after the end of the tax year;
  • otherwise: 22 months after the end of the tax year;

Although certain documents may legally belong to you, we may destroy correspondence and other papers that we store electronically or otherwise that are more than [seven] years old, except documents we think may be of continuing significance. You must tell us if you wish us to keep any document for any longer period.

29. The provision of services regulations 2009 

In accordance with our professional body rules, we are required to hold professional indemnity insurance. The contact details for the insurer and territorial coverage of the insurance are available at the Parsons Green office.

30. Timing of our services 

If you provide us with all information and explanations on a timely basis in accordance with our requirements, we will plan to undertake the work within a reasonable period of time to meet any regulatory deadlines. However, failure to complete our services before any such regulatory deadline would not, of itself, mean that we are liable for any penalty or additional costs arising.

31. Transfer of terms 

The partners of Haggards Crowther Professional Services LLP may from time to time and in the ordinary course of business, change its name and/or the legal entity through which they trade. In the event of any such change of name and/or legal status, the terms of the Engagement Letter in place at the time, together with accompanying the schedule(s) of service and standard terms and conditions will be deemed to transfer in full to the new entity. 

32. Your responsibilities 

You are legally responsible for:

(a) Ensuring that your self-assessment tax returns are correct and complete;

(b) Filing any returns by the due date; and

(c) Making payment of tax on time.

Failure to do this may lead to automatic penalties, surcharges and/or interest.

Taxpayers who sign their returns cannot delegate this legal responsibility to others. You agree to check that returns that we have prepared for you are complete before you approve and sign them.

To enable us to carry out our work you agree:

(a) That all returns are to be made on the basis of full disclosure of all sources of income, charges, allowances and capital transactions;

(b) To provide full information necessary for dealing with your affairs: we will rely on the information and documents being true, correct and complete and will not audit the information or those documents;

(c) To authorise us to approach such third parties as may be appropriate for information that we consider necessary to deal with your affairs; and

(d) To provide us with information in sufficient time for your tax return to be completed and submitted by the due date following the end of the tax year. In order that we can do this, we need to receive all relevant information by 1 October annually. Where feasible, we may agree to complete your return within a shorter period but may charge an additional fee for so doing.

You will keep us informed of material changes in your circumstances that could affect your tax liability. If you are unsure whether the change is material or not please let us know so that we can assess its significance.

You will forward to us HMRC statements of account, copies of notices of assessment, letters and other communications received from HMRC in time to enable us to deal with them as may be necessary within the statutory time limits. Although HMRC have the authority to communicate with us when form 64-8 has been signed and submitted it is essential that you let us have copies of any correspondence received because HMRC are not obliged to send us copies of all communications issued to you.

You are responsible for monitoring your monthly turnover to establish whether you are liable to register for VAT. If you do not understand what you need to do, please ask us. If you exceed the VAT registration threshold, and wish us to assist you in notifying HMRC of your liability to be VAT registered we will be pleased to assist you in the VAT registration process. You should notify us of your instructions to assist in your VAT registration in good time to enable a VAT registration form to be submitted within the time limit of one month following the month in which you exceed the VAT registration threshold in force at that time. We will not be responsible if you fail to notify us in time and incur a late registration penalty as a result.

Where we have been requested to advise you and your spouse on the basis that you are a family unit:

(a)  You both agree that in all matters relating to your or your spouse’s tax and financial affairs, we may deal directly with either of you and we may discuss with either of you the tax liabilities and/or financial affairs of the other. If you wish to make any change to these arrangements at any time, please let us know.

(b)  In order for us to act for you as a couple in respect of a joint claim, you undertake that all instructions, information or explanations either of you gives us will be on behalf of both of you, unless you specifically tell us otherwise. Similarly, if one of you signs a document, it will be on behalf of you both unless you instruct us to the contrary. If a conflict of interest should arise between you in relation to any matter to do with your joint claim or entitlement, we reserve the right to cease acting for both of you, or to advise one or other of you to obtain independent advice.

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