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Should I sign bills in my own name?

I am a newly qualified solicitor and have taken up a position in a small law firm. My previous employer insisted that all bills were signed in the name of the firm. The new firm requires me to sign all bills in my own name. Which is the correct procedure?

Solicitors may not sue for their costs unless the bill complies with the requirements of section 69 of the Solicitors Act 1974 as amended by the Legal Services Act 2007.

The bill should be signed by the solicitor or on their behalf by an employee of the solicitor authorised by them to sign.

If the bill is not signed in this way, it remains valid. However, it’s unenforceable in court proceedings.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.

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