12. Billing, payment and interest

12.1 The Barrister shall be entitled to deliver an Invoice to the Authorised Person in respect of the Services or any completed part thereof and any disbursements at any time after supplying the Services or the relevant part thereof.

12.2 The Barrister shall deliver an Invoice to the Authorised Person in respect of the Services or any part thereof and any disbursements as soon as reasonably practicable after and not more than 3 months from the earliest of: (a) a request by the Authorised Person; (b) notification by the Authorised Person that the Case has settled or otherwise concluded; or (c) termination of the Agreement.

12.3 The Invoice must set out an itemised description of:

12.3.1 the Services provided by the Barrister and the fees charged;

12.3.2 any disbursements incurred and the cost thereof; and

12.3.3 VAT (or any tax of a similar nature), if any.

12.4 The Authorised Person must pay the Invoice within 30 days of delivery, time being of the essence, whether or not the Authorised Person has been put in funds by the Lay Client. The Invoice must be paid without any set-off (whether by reason of a complaint made or dispute with the Barrister or otherwise), and without any deduction or withholding on account of any taxes or other charges.

12.5 Where the Barrister has delivered a fee note, on request by the Authorised Person the Barrister will deliver a VAT invoice following receipt of payment.

12.6 If the Invoice remains outstanding more than 30 days from the date of delivery, the Barrister is entitled:

12.6.1 to the fixed sum and interest in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998;

12.6.2 to sue the Authorised Person for payment; and

12.6.3 subject to the Barrister’s obligations to the Court and under paragraph 610 of the Code, to refrain from doing any further work on the Case unless payment for that further work is made in advance.

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