Speechly Bircham files High Court claim over unpaid fees

Speechly Bircham is the latest firm to launch a High Court claim against a client for unpaid fees.

According to the claim form, which was filed in March, Chesterman Capital, a company set up to sponsor and operate collective investment schemes, owes the firm £37,000.

The outstanding bill was built up between March 2007 and April 2009 after the firm was retained to advise the company on a number of matters, including the restructure of the company and its decision to abort plans to launch a Guernsey unit trust.

“It was a term of each of the claimant’s terms of engagement that invoices were to be paid within 30 days,” the claim states. “In breach of its contractual obligations the defendant has failed to pay the amount set out above, ­within 30 days or at all.”

Last week (31 May) The Lawyer revealed that Fox Williams had launched a £194,000 claim against dialysis product manufacturer Renal Services ­Holdings for unpaid fees.

A spokesperson for Renal Services said it would “robustly challenge” the claim. “[We’ve] tried to negotiate with Fox Williams to take into account our ­dissatisfaction,” the ­company said.