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Terms for Solicitors

  1. In these Terms, the following expressions shall have the following meanings:

Service refers to the services provided by LawHive, including without limitation access to LawHive’s websites and online communities; compliance tools; communication tools; document management and storage solutions; and payment services. LawHive does not serve as an employment agency or referral service. We provide a venue for our Users to meet and exchange information with LawHive Solicitors.

Agreement (which may also be referenced herein as these “Terms”) refers, collectively, to all the terms and conditions contained or referenced in this document along with the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at https://lawhive.co.uk.

Website refers to LawHive’s websites located at https://lawhive.co.uk and https://lawletter.co, all subpages and subdomains, and all content, services, and products available at or through the Website.

LawHive, We, Us, and Our refer to Scale FS Ltd trading under the brands LawHive and LawLetter, as well as our affiliates, directors, subsidiaries, officers, and employees. LawHive Solicitors are not part of LawHive.

User refers to the person, company, or organisation that has visited or is using the Website and/or the Service.

LawHive Solicitor refers to a registered solicitor who may communicate with and provide legal services to Legal Clients or fellow LawHive Solicitors via the Service. LawHive Solicitors are not the employees or agents of LawHive.

Legal Clients refers to 1) Users who submit requests for legal services via the Service for a fee (“Jobs”); and 2) Users who contract with LawHive Solicitors for additional work beyond the initial Job which established the LawHive Solicitor-Legal Client relationship.

Solicitor Fees refers to fees paid to LawHive Solicitors for carrying out Jobs through the Service.

LawHive Platform Fees refers to fees paid to LawHive by LawHive Solicitors for providing the Service.

  1. About the LawHive Service.

    2.1 The LawHive Service is a platform for collaboration and communication between legal professionals and those seeking legal assistance. The LawHive Service provides access to LawHive’s virtual community of professional LawHive Solicitors and Users; KYC and compliance tools; easy collaboration through LawHive’s communication management tools; document management and storage; and simple, secure payment and invoicing tools.

    2.2 LawHive is not a law firm and does not offer legal representation, legal advice, or legal opinions. LawHive Solicitors are not the employees or agents of LawHive. At no point may LawHive be held liable for the actions or omissions of any LawHive Solicitor.

    2.3 LawHive is not an employment agency or referral service and does not select or endorse any individual LawHive Solicitor to service a User.

    2.4 LawHive does not vouch for any of its Users. LawHive simply provides a platform on which those seeking legal assistance may communicate and transact with legal professionals.

    2.5 LawHive is not a party to the terms of engagement between LawHive Solicitors and Legal Clients. Solicitor engagement by a Legal Client is formed directly between LawHive Solicitors and Legal Clients as further described in Section 3.

  2. LawHive Solicitors.

    3.1 LawHive Solicitors are independent legal professionals who offer to perform services for prospective Legal Clients. They are not employees of LawHive.

    3.2 Any relationship between Legal Clients and LawHive Solicitors will constitute a direct engagement of the LawHive Solicitor.

    3.3 LawHive Solicitors will practice either as a Freelance Solicitor, a Recognised Sole Practice (RSP) or as an authorised Firm, as defined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”).

    3.4 LawHive Solicitors are solely responsible for complying with applicable SRA standards and regulations including holding a current practicing certificate and adequate and appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance.

    3.5 LawHive Solicitors are solely responsible for ensuring that any communications they may have with prospective clients through the Website or the Service, fully comply with the applicable SRA code of conduct, including those concerning the unauthorised practice of law and those regulating the form, manner or content of communications with clients, or other matters.

    3.6 LawHive Solicitors may accept or decline any Job proposed to them through the Service. By accepting a Job, LawHive Solicitors agree to be bound by these Terms and to be formally engaged by the Legal Client submitting the Job in accordance with the terms of engagement located at https://lawhive.co.uk/legal/client-solicitor-engagement-terms/.

    3.7 Payment of Solicitor Fees.

    3.7.1 Solicitor Fees for Jobs are agreed between Legal Clients and LawHive Solicitors using fee guidelines established by LawHive.

    3.7.2 LawHive Is Not A Party To Solicitor Engagement. Legal Clients engage LawHive Solicitors directly. Such engagements are solely between the Legal Client and the LawHive Solicitor. LawHive will not be a party to any engagement for Jobs submitted through our Service, unless posted by a LawHive officer. LawHive facilitates these contracts by supplying a platform for communication management and payment tools.

    3.7.3 All Solicitor Fees Are Paid Directly To LawHive Solicitors. LawHive does not provide legal services and does not charge for legal services. Payments made to LawHive Solicitors via LawHive’s billing platform are transferred directly to the LawHive Solicitor’s payment account, less any associated service and processing fees (e.g. LawHive Platform Fee and credit card fees).

    3.7.4 LawHive Solicitors Shall Receive Payment Exclusively Through The Service For All User Transactions. As a LawHive Solicitor, you agree to process all retainers, invoices, all amounts billed to any Legal Clients at all times (“Payments”) on the LawHive platform. You agree to process such Payments through the LawHive platform even if the Legal Client requests that you perform a different assignment or matter from the job request posted via LawHive. If a Legal Client is either unwilling or unable to make payment via LawHive, LawHive Solicitor agrees to notify LawHive of any new payment arrangement.

    3.8 Payment of Platform Fees.

    3.8.1 LawHive Platform Fees are set by LawHive and provided in writing to LawHive Solicitors in advance of them accepting the Job. LawHive Platform Fees are subject to change at the sole discretion of LawHive. Changes to LawHive Platform Fees will be provided to Solicitor in writing in advance of taking a Job.

    3.8.2 By accepting a Job, Solicitor agrees to pay LawHive Platform Fees and to comply with paragraphs 5.1-5.3 of the SRA’s code of conduct for solicitors with respect to ‘Referrals, introductions and separate businesses’ (https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/standards-regulations/code-conduct-solicitors/#rule-5).

  3. Disintermediation Policy.

    4.1 The parties acknowledge that LawHive uses substantial labour and effort to connect Legal Clients with LawHive Solicitors. LawHive Solicitor represents and warrants that it will not circumvent or attempt to circumvent LawHive or this Agreement, or in any way procure work from a User or Legal Client outside of the LawHive Platform, without LawHive’s prior written consent. Should LawHive Solicitor breach its warranty in this section, LawHive Solicitor shall pay LawHive a one-time fee equal to fifty percent (50%) of LawHive Solicitor’s estimated annual compensation from Legal Client. Upon payment of the aforementioned fees described in this Section, LawHive shall provide written consent for the LawHive Solicitor to provide legal services to Legal Client outside of the LawHive Platform. This section shall not apply to a Legal Client who has a demonstrable history of obtaining legal services from LawHive Solicitor, prior to the Effective Date of this Agreement.

    4.2 At LawHive’s discretion, any LawHive Solicitor engaging with Legal Clients such as to cause a violation of 4.1. above may have substantial restrictions placed on their account, which may meaningfully limit their usage of LawHive.

  4. Intellectual Property Notice.

    5.1 LawHive retains ownership of all intellectual property rights of any kind related to the Website and Service, including applicable copyrights, patents, trademarks and other proprietary rights. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website and the Service may be the trademarks of other third parties. This Agreement does not transfer from us to you any LawHive or third party intellectual property, and all right, title, and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with us. We reserve all rights that are not expressly granted to you under this Agreement.

    5.2 Specifically, LawHive, LawLetter, lawhive.co.uk, lawletter.co, and all other trademarks that appear, are displayed, or are used on the Website or as part of the Service are registered or common law trademarks or service marks of Scale FS Ltd. These trademarks may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, used, modified, or distributed in any way without prior written permission from LawHive.

  5. Electronic Communications.

    6.1 For contractual purposes, you (i) consent to receive communications from LawHive in an electronic form via the email address you have submitted or via the Service; and (ii) agree that all Terms of Use, agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that LawHive provides to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications would satisfy if it were in writing. This section does not affect your non-waivable rights.

    6.2 Communications made through email or the Service’s private messaging system will not constitute legal notice to LawHive or any of our officers, employees, agents or representatives in any situation where notice to LawHive is required by contract or any law or regulation.

  6. Termination.

    7.1 If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your account with the Service, you may simply discontinue using LawHive. If you wish to delete your User account data, please contact LawHive at privacy@lawhive.co.uk. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements, but barring legal requirements, we will delete all personal data, including those which may reasonably reveal the identity of any User. We may retain data which has been stripped of personally identifiable information in order to improve our service and maintain certain service functions.

    7.2 LawHive may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website and the Service at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately.

    7.3 Termination of your relationship with LawHive does not affect your relationship with any client you have been engaged by through the LawHive Service. All legal, contractual, and ethical duties, obligations and responsibilities survive termination of the LawHive Solicitor, including as defined in the terms of engagement located at https://lawhive.co.uk/legal/client-solicitor-engagement-terms/.

    7.4 All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination will survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

  7. Release and Indemnification.

    8.1 You agree to indemnify and hold harmless LawHive from and against any and all claims and expenses, including legal costs, arising out of your use of the Website and the Service, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.

    8.2 If you have a dispute with one or more Users or Legal Clients, you release LawHive from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.

  8. Modification of Terms of Use.

    9.1 LawHive may amend this Agreement from time to time at LawHive’s sole discretion. We will provide notification of material changes to this Agreement (i) by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, which will take effect immediately upon our sending of this email, and/or (ii) through our Website at least 30 days prior to the change taking effect by posting a notice on our home page. Non-material changes to this Agreement will take effect immediately. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to this Agreement. Your continued use of the Service after the effective date of a revised version of this Agreement constitutes your acceptance of its terms.

  9. Miscellaneous.

    10.1 This Agreement between you and LawHive and any access to or use of the Website or the Service are governed by English law.

    10.2 If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion of the Agreement will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent. The remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. Any failure on the part of LawHive to enforce any provision of this Agreement will not be considered a waiver of our right to enforce such provision. Our rights under this Agreement will survive any termination of this Agreement.

    10.3 LawHive may assign or delegate these Terms, including our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at lawhive.co.uk, in whole or in part, to any person or entity at any time with or without your consent. You may not assign or delegate any rights or obligations without LawHive’s prior written consent.

    10.4 These Terms, including our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at lawhive.co.uk, represent the complete and exclusive statement of the agreement between you and LawHive. This Agreement supersedes any proposal or prior agreement oral or written, and any other communications between you and LawHive relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. This Agreement may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorised LawHive executive, or by the posting by LawHive of a revised version.

    10.5 You represent and warrant that if you are an individual, you are of legal age to form a binding contract; or that if you are registering on behalf of an entity, that you are authorised to enter into, and bind the entity to, these Terms.