All posts by Tim Duffield

Take care when invoicing disbursements

Tim Duffield

Solicitors often incur costs on behalf of a client and charge these on in the form of disbursements. Disbursements arise when goods or services are supplied by a third party directly to the client. The solicitor normally acts as agent in respect of these supplies and makes payment on behalf of the client.

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VAT on search fees

Tim Duffield

When acting for a potential buyer in respect of a property purchase, it is normal for a solicitor to engage with a third party to conduct searches. These will determine whether any restrictions apply over the property, and provide other relevant information of interest to the buyer.

Local councils are often instructed to carry out these searches, and in the past there has been no requirement for them to add VAT to their fees.

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