All lawyers are obliged to follow the Swedish Bar Association’s Guiding Principles for Good Advocate Conduct. According to these regulations, the fee that a lawyer charges must be reasonable.
Several factors are considered when determining what constitutes a reasonable fee for an assignment, including what has been agreed with the client, the extent of the assignment, its nature, complexity and importance, as well as the lawyer's expertise, the outcome of the work and other circumstances.
When undertaking an assignment on your behalf, we go through our invoicing procedures and agree on how the invoicing in your particular case will be carried out.
Bar Association’s Consumer Disputes Board
The Consumer Disputes Board examines disputes over fees between clients and their representatives, regarding amounts ranging from SEK 1,000 to SEK 200,000. Decisions by the Consumer Disputes Board are binding for lawyers, unlike those of the National Board for Consumer Disputes.
The Swedish Bar Association’s Guiding Principles for Good Advocate Conduct state that lawyers are obliged to inform their clients about the Consumer Disputes Board, both in general and in the event of a dispute. Lawyers are also obliged to cooperate with the Board’s investigation and must comply with the decision of the Board. For further information about the Consumer Disputes Board, visit:: www.advokatsamfundet.se/konsumenttvistnamnden.
Legal expenses insurance
Legal expenses insurance is a type of insurance that is included in most home and holiday home insurance policies.
The insurance applies to the insured person in their capacity as a private individual. There needs to be a dispute with a third party in order for the legal expenses cover in your insurance policy to commence. This means that legal expenses compensation is not normally paid for negotiations or contract writing.
As a rule, the insurance must have been valid for at least two years at the time the dispute arises, but it does not need to have been with the same insurance company. If you are able to use this insurance, we will help you register your intention to make a legal expenses claim with your insurance company.
If you do not have insurance to cover expenses relating to your dispute, you may be entitled to legal aid. Before applying for legal aid, the lawyer must provide a minimum of one hour and a maximum of two hours of legal advice at a fixed fee. You must cover the cost of this yourself. If you then decide to proceed with your case after the advice given, we will help you complete and submit an application for legal aid.
You can find out more information about legal aid via the Legal Aid Authority’s website: www.rattshjalpsmyndigheten.se.