This policy sets out the Nexa Law Limited (Nexa) policy on the payment of interest in accordance with the Solicitors Accounts Rules on a fair and reasonable basis for our clients in accordance with our obligations. Most of the funds held on our client’s behalf will be within a general client account.
Our main objective and as per our obligations in accordance with the Solicitors Accounts Rules is to keep client money safe and available for the purpose for which it is provided. We are also required in most circumstances to hold client money for instant access, even at the sacrifice of interest. Our policy for payment of interest on money in general client account is based on rates available on an instant access account, this means that you may be unlikely to receive as much interest on money held in general client account as might have been obtained had you held and invested the money yourself.
If we hold money in a general client account on your behalf, then we will account to you for interest when it is fair and reasonable to do so in all the circumstances having regard to the following principles and practices subject to the provisions within this policy.
There may be times when we hold money on your behalf in a separate designated client account, and in such circumstances we will account to you for all the interest earned on that account (net of any tax deducted at source) and the provisions of this policy which will apply.
1.1 Interest shall be compounded on a quarterly basis.
1.2 Interest will normally be calculated and paid once your matter has been concluded, but in some cases it may be more appropriate to account for interest at intervals throughout the matter.
1.3 If the sum calculated is less than £75 in total for the full period during which we hold your money in client account, or if upon file closure there is less than £10 due, then no payment of interest will be made due to the administrative cost of doing so.
1.4 We reserve the right to set off any interest due to you against any amounts due to us.
1.5 Interest is paid to us on the aggregate of all client money held in the general client account and, subject to any interest paid to you and other clients, is for our benefit.
1.6 We are not required to pay interest on money held:
1.6.1 if there is an agreement to contract out of the provisions of this policy.
1.6.2 for payment of a professional disbursement once counsel or other professional has requested a delay in settlement.
1.6.3 for the Legal Services Commission.
1.6.4 being 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.
1.7 In accordance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority guidance, if the bank in which we hold funds should fail we reserve the right to disclose to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme the names and other appropriate details of all clients whose money is or may be held there in order to assist those of our clients who may qualify to claim compensation up to the applicable limit.
1.8 Nexa shall 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 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. We will not pay interest to you where for any reason we are prevented by law from doing so and in such circumstances will have no liability for non payment. Nothing in this policy excludes our liability below the minimum level under the SRA Indemnity Rules.
2.1 We will review periodically, and at least when the Bank of England base rate changes, the rate of interest on branch-operated, instant access accounts generally available to all customers at the banks where general client account money is kept. In this policy the term “review date” refers to the date on which we undertake such a review.
2.2 On each review date we will set any new applicable rates of interest to apply from that date which are comparable to rates as a whole at banks where we hold client money. Our lowest applicable rate will be at least as great as the highest rate determined by us under paragraph 2.1 above to apply from time to time to balances of the same amount as the client money which we hold for your matter.
2.3 Interest will be calculated on the principal sum held and paid by reference to the applicable rates over the period for which we hold cleared funds.
2.4 Unless otherwise agreed, where we are conducting more than one matter for you, balances will not be aggregated for calculation purposes.
With effect from November 2023 when the Bank of England base rate was 5.25%, our applicable rate is 1.92%
This policy will be reviewed from time to time to ensure our objectives are met.