TERMS AND CONDITIONS

INTRODUCTION

By using the Service offered through this Website, you are bound by the terms and conditions as set out below (the "Terms"). If you do not agree to be bound by the Terms, you may not use or access our Service.

KEY DEFINITIONS

"MyLegalAdviser", "Company", "us", "we", "our" and "ours" means MyLegalAdviser Limited, a company registered in England (Company No. 09321689) whose registered address is at 71-75 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9JQ.

"Website", "Site", means https://mylegaladviser.co.uk and all the pages, content and sub-domains contained therein.

"Service" means any procedure or service that is provided or made available by us to you, which includes, but is not limited to: information, services and products provided through the Site, or by telephone, email, third party platform or by any other means.

"Users", "You", means anyone making use of the MyLegalAdviser Service.

"Client" means any person who submits or publishes a Job on our Site or Service for Lawyers to quote on.

"Lawyer" means any person or business who registers on the Website in order to Express Interest in Jobs posted by Clients.

"Job" means an enquiry/job submitted by a Client via our Service.

"Invite a Quote” means a Client inviting a Lawyer to Express Interest in a Job.

"Express Interest" means a Lawyer quoting for and/or contacting a Client in response to a Job posted on our Service.

"Shortlist" means the Client shortlisting a Lawyer, at which point their contact details are exchanged, following a Lawyer Expressing Interest in the Job.

"Shortlist Fee" means the amount clearly displayed on the Job page, and at the time a Lawyer Expresses Interest in a Job, which will be payable by the Lawyer in the event they are Shortlisted for that Job. The Shortlist Fee for each Job is calculated by reference to the value and size of the Job and set by us at our discretion.

"Prepayment", "Prepay", means adding money to your prepay account.

"Prepay Balance" means the amount added to your prepay account by Prepayment, or credited by us, and not yet spent on Shortlist Fees.

"Service Agreement", means any agreement reached between a lawyer and a client on the services to be performed. A Service Agreement can be reached by a verbal exchange in person, via telephone, via SMS, via an email or in the form of a written statement or contract.

OVERVIEW

MyLegalAdviser provides an online marketplace for Lawyers and potential Clients who are in need of their services.

ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Although we attempt to ensure that it is correct and accurate, MyLegalAdviser cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information on this Service, and are not liable for any problems or losses arising from errors in the content.

In using the Services provided by MyLegalAdviser, you acknowledge that MyLegalAdviser is not acting as a contractor or agent and is not responsible for any work done. It is the responsibility of the Client to select a suitable Lawyer and to negotiate the terms for any work that they undertake, and MyLegalAdviser will not be involved or held liable for any Service Agreement between a Client and Lawyer.

We recommend that any Client, before entering into a Service Agreement with any Lawyer, obtains confirmation of their fees, insurance cover, guarantees, qualifications and any other necessary documentation. If you suffer any problems or losses as a result of not obtaining or verifying these details, you agree that MyLegalAdviser will not be held liable.

CONTENT

You agree to use the Website only for lawful purposes and in a way that does not infringe the rights of or restrict or inhibit anyone else's use and enjoyment of the Website. Messages, profiles, Job descriptions and other content must be civil and tasteful.

You understand that all postings, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, or other materials ("content") posted on, transmitted through, or linked from MyLegalAdviser, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated. You are entirely responsible for all content that you post, email or otherwise make available via the Service.

You understand that MyLegalAdviser does not control, and is not responsible for content made available through the service. Furthermore, the MyLegalAdviser Site and content available through the Service may contain links to other websites, which are completely independent of MyLegalAdviser. MyLegalAdviser makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained in any such website.

Your linking to any other websites is at your own risk. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any content, that you may not rely on said content, and that under no circumstances will MyLegalAdviser be liable in any way for any content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any content posted, emailed or otherwise made available via MyLegalAdviser.

You acknowledge that MyLegalAdviser does not always pre-screen or approve content, but that MyLegalAdviser shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to remove or move any content that is available on the Website for violating the letter or spirit of the Terms or for any other reason.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

MyLegalAdviser owns all the intellectual property rights relating to the Site, including the designs, text, database, graphics and layouts, and you agree not use or copy any part thereof without our express permission.

The intellectual property rights on postings, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, profiles or other materials ("Content") Users upload to MyLegalAdviser are retained by the copyright owner, and these are added to the site by Users at their own risk. In doing so you are giving express and irrevocable permission for us to store, display and use the Content at our discretion.

DEALINGS WITH ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS

When a Client Shortlists a Lawyer, you agree that we may send each of you the other’s contact details.

Thereafter, your interactions with organisations and/or individuals found on or through the Website, including payment for and delivery of goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such organisations and/or individuals.

You agree that MyLegalAdviser shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings. If there is a dispute between Users on this Website, or between Users and any third party, you understand and agree that MyLegalAdviser is under no obligation to become involved.

In the event that you have a dispute with one or more other Users, you hereby release MyLegalAdviser, its officers, employees, agents and successors in rights from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and/or our Service.

FEEDBACK

All Lawyers will be subject to feedback evaluations from Clients if, after Expressing Interest, we are notified that a Service Agreement is reached to carry out some or all of the Job advertised or similar or related work.

Lawyers understand that MyLegalAdviser is not responsible for the feedback content that those Clients post, or any harm done by such content. The Client who posts the feedback is directly responsible for its content, and the accuracy and legality thereof.

All Users understand that any use of profanity, libellous behaviour, illegal activity, or any other form of abuse of the feedback function or any other part of the Website may be banned from further use and reported to the authorities, where applicable.

MyLegalAdviser performs a number of checks on feedback with an aim to ensure that feedback is authentic, and will remove feedback that in its sole discretion appears to be fake, but makes no claim or warranty of the accuracy or authenticity of any feedback. MyLegalAdviser may, at its sole discretion, also remove feedback at the request of the author.

REFEREES

We may, at our discretion, allow you to select some referees ("Referees") to submit feedback about you. The number of Referees you may select and the use of their feedback shall be at our sole discretion. Any Referees which you select must have been clients of you or Your Firm which you have provided legal services to, or independent intermediaries who you have worked with, within the 18 months prior to the date you nominate them to act as Referees.

PAYMENT TERMS & REFUNDS

Shortlist Fees

Lawyers agree to pay MyLegalAdviser a Shortlist Fee every time they are Shortlisted for a Job through our Service.

Lawyers will be Shortlisted where either: (1) they Express Interest in a Job and the Client shortlists them or (2) a Client Invites a Quote on a Job from a Lawyer and that Lawyer Expresses Interest in the Job.

Lawyers understand that MyLegalAdviser cannot and will not influence the outcome of any particular shortlisting and that we do not guarantee that Lawyers will be able to secure Service Agreements for Jobs they are shortlisted for.

Prepay, Prepayments & Prepay Balance

We may, at our discretion, allow Lawyers to make a Prepayment of Shortlist fees. Such a Prepayment will result in credit held on a Lawyer’s Prepay Balance. We may also credit Lawyer’s Prepay Balance at our discretion (for example on joining our Service).

Lawyers acknowledge that their Prepay Balance can only be used to pay for Shortlists that occur after the Prepayment or credit to their Prepay Balance. A Prepay Balance cannot be used to pay a previous invoice.

Each time a Lawyer incurs a Shortlist Fee, their Prepay Balance will be reduced by the value of the Shortlist Fee displayed on the Job page until their Prepay Balance reaches £0.

Lawyers agree and acknowledge that Prepay Balances are non-refundable and any refunds are paid solely at our discretion. If a Prepay Balance remains unchanged for 18 months, the Prepay Balance will be reduced to zero.

Payment method

In order to use our Service, Lawyers will be required at our discretion to provide at least one valid debit or credit card issued by a provider acceptable to us (each a "Payment Method").

Lawyers hereby authorise us to run debit or credit card authorisations on all debit or credit cards provided by them, to store debit and/or credit card and banking or other financial details as their method of payment, and to charge their debit or credit card (or any other Payment Method) in accordance with these Terms.

By providing Payment Method information through the Site, Lawyers represent, warrant, and covenant that: (a) they are legally authorised to provide such information; (b) they are legally authorised to perform payments using the Payment Method(s); and (c) such action does not violate the terms and conditions applicable to their use of such Payment Method(s) under any applicable law.

It is each Lawyer’s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of any Payment Methods they provide and to keep them up-to-date. MyLegalAdviser does not accept any responsibility for any loss, howsoever arising, from a Lawyer’s failure to ensure their Payment Methods are correct and kept up-to-date.

Payment of fees

Lawyers agree, when they Express Interest in a Job, that we may debit their Prepay Balance for that amount if/when they are Shortlisted for that Job.

Where a Lawyer’s Prepay Balance is insufficient to cover the Shortlist Fee, they authorise us to debit their Payment Method for the balance.

We will usually debit a Lawyer’s Payment Method on a weekly basis. We will provide Lawyers with an invoice each time a Prepayment is made or we debit their Payment Method.

Lawyers agree to receive all invoices by email to the email address they have given to us. It is their responsibility to ensure that this email address is working correctly.

Lawyers agree they are responsible for paying our invoices within the payment terms of the invoice. If their account has an invoice which is more than 7 days overdue and we are unable to debit any of their Payment Methods, their account will be automatically restricted.

Lawyers agree and acknowledge that they are not entitled to a refund of any Shortlist Fee under any circumstances and that any refunds paid are solely at our discretion.

Failed & Disputed Payments

If a Lawyer has a question about a charge on their credit or debit card, they agree to contact us using the details on our Contact Us page.

Should any Lawyer’s Payment Method fail or later be subject to a ‘charge back’ by the bank or card issuer, they agree to pay to us any amount outstanding, any costs reasonably incurred by us in rectifying the failed payment and a £10 + VAT administration fee.

TERMINATION OF SERVICE

You agree that MyLegalAdviser, at our sole discretion, has the right (but not the obligation) to deactivate your account, block your email address, or otherwise terminate or restrict your access to or use of the Website and/or Service, immediately and without notice, for any reason, including, but without limitation, if MyLegalAdviser believes that you have acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Terms.

Further, you agree that MyLegalAdviser shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination or restriction of your access to the Website.

Further, you agree not to attempt to use the Website after said termination.

CHANGES TO THE TERMS

MyLegalAdviser reserves the right to change or update these Terms from time to time. As a User of the Website, you are responsible for acknowledging any updates of these Terms by visiting this section. Any significant changes in the Terms will be followed by a notification to all active Users.

LIMITATIONS

You acknowledge that MyLegalAdviser may establish limits concerning use of the Website, including but not limited to the maximum number of days that content will be retained by the Website, the maximum number and size of postings, email messages, or other content that may be transmitted or stored by the Website, and the frequency with which you may access the Website.

You agree that MyLegalAdviser has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any content maintained or transmitted by the Website. You also acknowledge that MyLegalAdviser reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue the Website (or any part thereof) with or without notice, and that MyLegalAdviser shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of any Services.

You agree that we shall not be liable for any loss or damages arising from the provision (or non-provision) of any part of the Service, including loss of profit or consequential loss or damage.

INDEMNITY

You agree to indemnify us against any and all expenses, damages and losses of any kind (including reasonable legal fees and costs) incurred by us in connection with any actual or threatened claims of any kind (including without limitation any claim of trademark or copyright infringement, defamation, breach of confidentiality, false or misleading advertising or sales practices) arising from your use of the Service.

GENERAL

Clause headings are inserted for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of the Terms.

You may not assign, transfer or sub-contract any of your rights under the Terms without our prior written consent. We may assign, transfer or sub-contract all or any of our rights at any time without your consent.

If any provisions hereof are held to be illegal or unenforceable such provisions shall be severed and the remainder of these Terms shall remain in full force and effect unless the business purpose of these Terms is substantially frustrated thereby.

No waiver shall be effective unless in writing, and no waiver shall constitute a continuing waiver so as to prevent us or you from acting upon any continuing or subsequent breach or default.

The Terms constitute the entire agreement as to your use of and our provision of our Service and supersedes and extinguishes all previous communications, representations (other than fraudulent misrepresentations) and arrangements, whether written or oral. You acknowledge that you have placed no reliance on any representation made but not set out expressly in the Terms.

The Terms shall be subject to the laws of England and the parties shall submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.