there was no mention of the amount of commission to be charged only a meeting that was arranged for the CVS guy to look at the warehouse to see if we had a case for a rate rebate.
The guy said just sign this anyone can sign just need to sign so I can proceed. No one was told how much this would cost other than they would be in touch to see if thay had a case which they telephoned to say there was a case for a rate rebate and this can be back dated for 5 years.
I now have from them an invoice for 50% commission for last 5 years and all future savings.
not sure where we are going with this ?
I shall wait for an answer.
on the rating agreement form there is client details.
my name has been written by the cvs guy. position proprietor. we are a partnership for a start. it then says the address is unit 1& 2 Bridgton house we are unit 4 Tonbridge works but the council have this address on rating valuation.
there is a small box that says proposal to alter the rating list
cvs will charge a fee for the service the fee will be nil for the survey and valuation and a commission of 50% of any savings in rates payable however achieved up to and including the year of the settlement, and thereafter for each succeeding year until the end of the rating period, or which are achieved in relation to any preceding or succeeding rating list as a direct result of cvs action.
the fee structure applies to all rating instructions and all other work carried out by us under this agreement.
the 50% was added after.
the instruction to proceed has been filled in by the cvs guy it does not have my writing on it but does have my signature the name position has been added after this was indicated that just need to sign here to see if they have a case.
the fee structure has been signed by a work collegue as the words used by the cvs guy doesn't matter who signs.
I was not aware of 50% commission at any time the guy did not mention it verbally or it was written on any papers.
There was not any reference to charges at all
so what shall I do about the County Court claim form in which cvs say .
Breach of contract in respect of a conditional fee agreement for a reduction in the defendant business rates.
all paprework I have received are photocopies and have not been registered post.
there were no terms discussed it was let see what we can do about reducing the rateable value of the building
just reading the particulars of claim.
it was an express term of the agreement that the claimant would charge a fee of £nil for the survey and valuation and a commission of 50% of the savings in rates payable for any reduction obtained in the rateable value for the defendants premises up to and including the year of settlement and thereafter for each financial year within the rating period