HOURLY RATE: TRANSPARENT & NEGOTIABLE
David bills on a hourly basis, 350 euros (HT « Hors TVA » VAT not included) per hour, expenses not included.
This hourly rate may fall, depending on various factors such as the significant and foreseeable length of an assignment, for example in the framework either of a VAT audit or a Customs audit.
MAKING THINGS EASIER: FLAT-RATE FEE AND RETAINER AGREEMENTS
As an independent « boutique lawyer » the flat-rate fee is facilitated: at first request, a fee budgets will be quickly sent to the client, for a prior consent.
A retainer agreement, useful in order to ask lots of different and short questions or review requests, will be put into place at first demand.
From a general viewpoint an installment payment is charged at the beginning of any file (called « provisions » in the French lawyers professional terms).
In principle the invoices are quickly issued after the performance of the service.
In principle the fees are charged « up-front » (fees of foreign correspondents for example), in order to make things easier for the client: the idea is to show only « one face – one voice to customer ».