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SDLT service terms

Terms Of Use – Specialist SDLT Advisory Service

Our Service

Provision of specialist SDLT advice on an ad-hoc, case-by-case basis. A free, no-obligation fee quote will be provided on the submission of a query.

On acceptance of the fee quote, we will provide our service in accordance with the terms set out below.

Your Responsibilities: Provision of Information by You

You agree to give us access to full information about the matters on which you have asked us to advise you.



Professional Rules and Practice Guidelines

We will observe the bye-laws, regulations and ethical guidelines of Chartered Accountants Ireland and The Chartered Institute of Taxation, and accept instructions to act for you on the basis that we will act in accordance with those guidelines. A copy of these guidelines is available for your inspection in our offices.

Regulatory Requirements

We reserve the right to disclose our files to regulatory bodies in the exercise of their powers.

Quality of Service

We aim to provide a high quality of service at all times. If you would like to discuss with us how our service could be improved or if you are dissatisfied with the service you are receiving please let us know by contacting Mr. Nigel Thompson or if still dissatisfied Mrs Hilary Farrell.

We undertake to look into any complaint carefully and promptly and to do all we can to explain the position to you. If we do not answer your complaint to your satisfaction you may take up the matter with The Chartered Institute of Taxation, or Chartered Accountants Ireland.


Our fees for all tax work in relation to the engagement will be dependent upon the nature and complexity of the work carried out and in particular the time spent thereon. 

Our no-obligation fee quote will be based on the above and will become binding on acceptance.

Our invoices are payable within 30 days of issue thereof. We reserve the right to charge interest at 2% per year over base rate in the case of overdue accounts. We may terminate our engagement and cease acting if payment of any fees billed is unduly delayed. However, it is not our intention to use these arrangements in a way which is unfair or unreasonable.

Limitation of Liability

The advice which we give to you is for your sole use and does not constitute advice to any third party to whom you may communicate it.

We will provide the professional services outlined in this letter with reasonable care and skill. However, we will not be responsible for any losses, penalties, surcharges, interest or additional tax liabilities arising from the supply by you or others of incorrect or incomplete information, or from the failure by you or others to supply any appropriate information or your failure to act on our advice or respond promptly to communications from us or the tax authorities.

E-mail may be used to enable us to communicate with you. As with any other means of delivery this carries with it the risk of inadvertent misdirection or non-delivery. It is the responsibility of the recipient to carry out a virus check on any attachments received.

Our liability to you is limited to £1 million.

Electronic Communication

As internet communications are capable of data corruption we do not accept any responsibility for changes made to such communications after their despatch. For this reason, it may be inappropriate to rely on advice contained in an e-mail without obtaining written confirmation of it. All risks connected with sending commercially-sensitive information relating to your business are borne by you and are not our responsibility. If you do not accept this risk, you should notify us in writing that e-mail is not an acceptable means of communication.

Applicable Law

Our Terms of Use are governed by, and construed in accordance with Northern Ireland law. The Courts of Northern Ireland will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any claim, dispute or difference concerning this engagement letter and any matter arising from it. Each party irrevocably waives any right it may have to object to any action being brought in those courts, to claim that the action has been brought in an inappropriate forum, or to claim that those courts do not have jurisdiction.

Data Protection Act 1998

To enable us to discharge the services agreed under this engagement, and for other related purposes including updating and enhancing client records, analysis for management purposes and statutory returns, crime prevention and legal and regulatory compliance, we may obtain, use, process and disclose personal data about you. You have a right of access, under data protection legislation, to the personal data that we hold about you. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Data Controller in relation to personal data supplied about you is Mr. Declan Hassan.

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999

A person who is not party to this agreement shall have no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of this agreement. This clause does not effect any right or remedy of any person which exists or is available otherwise than pursuant to that Act.

Agreement of Terms

Once agreed, these terms will remain effective from the date of acceptance. You or we may vary or terminate our authority to act on your behalf at any time without penalty. Notice of variation or termination must be given in writing.