When Zaidi Solicitors receives money from or on behalf of a client, it will be paid into a general client account with HSBC who is the firm’s bank.
The rate of interest paid to clients on money held in the general client account is in line with HSBC published rates on Client Deposit Manager Accounts.
Interest on general client money is normally calculated and applied at the conclusion of the matter. Where client requirements demand the calculation and application will be made on agreed dates.
Zaidi Solicitors will not pay interest in any of the following situations:-
A. If the amount calculated is £20.00 or less;
B. On money held for the payment of professional disbursements, once counsel has requested a delay in settlement;
C. On an advance from us into our general client account to fund a payment on your behalf in excess of funds already held for you in that account;
D. If there is an agreement to contract out of the provisions of this policy
E. In determining the period over which interest is to be calculated, we will examine the period between the date when the relevant funds received by us clear our account and, if we send the funds electronically, the date when the funds are sent or, if we send the funds by cheque, five days after a cheque is raised
£1,000 8 weeks
£2,000 4 weeks
£10,000 2 weeks
£20,000 1 week
If we hold sums of money intermittently on your behalf, in our general client account, during the course of acting, and the sum in lieu of interest calculated for any single period is £20.00 or less, we will only account to you if the total interest exceeds £20.00.
Interest is paid by Zaidi Solicitors on the aggregate of all client money held in the general client account and, subject to any interest paid to clients as above, is for the benefit of Zaidi Solicitors.
The rates of interest on designated deposit accounts will be a rate negotiated by Zaidi Solicitors with HSBC and may vary from time to time.
Trust money will be held in either the general client account or in a designated deposit account and is subject to the same interest policy on those accounts as set out in this document.
All client money, whether general client funds or designated deposited funds, will be held on instant access terms unless otherwise instructed.
In accordance with Law Society guidance, if the bank in which Zaidi Solicitors holds funds should fail we reserve the right to disclose to the FSCS the names and other details of clients whose money is held there in order for those clients to claim compensation up to the applicable limit, currently £85,000.
We will not be liable to you or any third party for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any act, omission, fraud, delay, negligence, insolvency or neither default of any bank, financial institution, clearing or payments system nor that of the directors, officers, employees, agents or representatives of any of the foregoing.
Unrepresented cheques – If a client fails to present a cheque to his or her bank for payment, interest will generally not be paid on this money.
Joint accounts – If Zaidi Solicitors hold money jointly with a client, interest earned on the account will be for the benefit of the client unless otherwise agreed. If money is held jointly with another practice, the allocation of interest earned will depend on the agreement reached between the parties.
This Interest policy will be reviewed on an annual basis.