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Adoption Legal Centre is the trading name of Ridley & Hall Legal Limited a company incorporated and registered in England and Wales (registered number 09071325) which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority ref no. 614166.

Ridley and Hall Legal Limited is insured by Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty AG, 60 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0HR. Policy number P13A295410P from 01/10/2013 to 31/3/2015. Territorial coverage: United Kingdom.

Interest Policy

As part of carrying out your instruction to us, we may need to hold your money in our client account. In holding clients money, we have an obligation to pay interest on that money at a fair and reasonable rate and are required to put in place an interest policy. This policy sets out the guidelines for when interest will be paid and is summarised below.

We aim to account to you for interest at a reasonable rate of interest. However as the holding of funds is incidental to the carrying out of your legal instructions, the rate is unlikely to be as high as the rate you may be able to obtain when depositing the money we hold on your behalf yourself. In all cases we must ensure that money held on client account is immediately available and so the need for instant access is taken into account when setting the rate of interest payable by us.

We align our interest rates paid on general client account and separate designated deposit account to the Natwest Bank Instant Saver account or nearest equivalent as appropriate, assuming this will offer a fair and reasonable outcome for the client and the firm. This rate is likely to change from time to time**.

Where amounts are held outside of a general client account or separate designated deposit account, the rate of interest and date that interest is credited will depend on the relevant institution where the funds are held and as such fall outside the requirements of this policy. The relevant interest information can be obtained at your request.

Where your money is held in our general client account, any interest paid to you is paid without any deduction for income tax (unless you are resident overseas – see below). As such it is your responsibility to inform HMRC of interest amounts received from us and the implications of this will depend upon your own financial circumstances.  Where funds are held in a separate designated deposit account interest is usually paid net of tax (unless you have signed a declaration confirming your entitlement to receive gross  bank interest). The same rate of interest will be paid on money held in a general client account as will be paid on money held in a separate designated deposit account, assuming that this is a fair and reasonable outcome for the client and the firm.

Under the European Savings Directive Regulations 2003/48/EC, we are required to inform HMRC of payments of interest to relevant payees and residual entities in prescribed territories. If you reside outside the UK and EC, we are required to deduct income tax at the current basic rate and account for this interest to HMRC directly and pay you the net amount.

Interest will be calculated from the time the funds become cleared for interest purposes, on cheques or bankers drafts this will be 3 days after the cheque or draft has been deposited with our bank. For funds received by debit or credit card, interest will start to accrue from the date of the actual receipt, usually 3 days after the transaction has been authorised. For direct transfers or same day payments, the funds become cleared on the day after receipt. Interest will be calculated on a daily basis and calculated on amounts held overnight from the day the funds become cleared for interest purposes.

Interest will not be paid if the sum of money held is not exceeding the amount shown in the left column for a time not exceeding the period indicated in the right column:

Amount         Period

£ 1000          8 weeks

£ 2000          4 weeks

£ 10,000       2 weeks

£ 20,000+     1 week

Interest will be calculated at the end of the matter and will credit the client ledger at that date.  Any accrued interest will be included with any final payment made to you by cheque or bank transfer. We will inform you of any interest credited to your account.

**  The interest rate paid by Natwest bank Instant Saver account is a gross rate per annum of 0.50%  as at the 5th September 2012.

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