In contentious matters in the county court, you should ensure the client signs a copy of your terms of business.
The practical effect of r46(9) of the Civil Procedure Rules is that unless a client signs a written agreement as to the solicitor's terms of business, s74(3) of the Solicitors Act 1974 limits the amount which the client has to pay his solicitor on the assessment of any item in county court proceedings to that which the client could have recovered from the opposing party.
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