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JCLM have experience of working with a variety of SMEs such as plumbers, joiners, electricians, welders and builders. Advice ranges from debt recovery through to a review of supplier contracts and dealing with common problems such as IP issues, HR, difficult employees, AML matters and Data Protection. It has been revealing how in these challenging times many individuals and businesses using tradespeople have sought to insist on 90-day payment terms.
Do they not know that most normal businesses have monthly expenses? Do they think that plumbers, joiners, electricians, welders and builders are their Bank? JCLM have helped to turn this around through negotiation and in many cases has inserted into terms into engagement letters that invoices are payable on presentation and that any failure to make payment within 30 days of due date may attract interest at the rate applicable under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1988.
JCLM have particular expertise in respect of Construction Contracts including standard forms of contract in common use in the UK (JCT, ACA, Chartered Institute of Building, FIDIC, NEC, RIBA and ICE) and other forms of contract including the GC works and Infrastructure Conditions of contract. JCLM are also familiar with contracts to design, operate and finance projects. While purpose-written contracts or bespoke contracts are often avoided JCLM is happy to consider their usage where standard forms of contract may be inflexible or not fit for purpose.
“Jamie provided me with excellent advice and support throughout. He is very knowledgeable and approachable and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”
– Jessica, from London
JCLM can provide advice on your Terms of Business and those provided by your suppliers. This includes making any changes we consider are necessary as a result of legislative and industry requirements. We can also support you in disputes.
JCLM know how frustrating and damaging it is to be not paid on time. While JCLM works to try and maintain business relationships should a debt remain unpaid after it has fallen due it has vast experience of the debt recovery process.
JCLM have experience of all kinds of commercial litigation ranging from defamation to property disputes, business disputes, business law matters, professional negligence (claims against surveyors and solicitors) and more besides.
JCLM can support your construction and engineering company in a number of additional aspects of litigation and the law.
We can deal with the contractual agreements required for appointing consultants, client advisors, site managers, project managers and collateral warranties.
Our range of case studies attest to the wide range of legal concerns that we support our clients with.
JCLM Solicitors cuts through the confusion and pretence of the legal sector. A champion of the underdog, we exist to provide reliable, straightforward and accessible legal services for SMEs and the individual.
We challenge the conventional wisdom of large, traditional legal firms to offer a service that’s on your side. We are not prepared to accept the status quo without enquiry, nor are we conflicted or in the hands of business partners/funders. We act only for our clients.
The relationships we form with our clients are built to last: we don’t switch off at 5pm, and you don’t need an appointment. JCLM Solicitors act as an extension of your business or personal interests, and you can rely on us to be determined, fearless and steadfast in our response to your legal requirements.
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