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Receipt of mixed payments

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Rule 18: Receipt of mixed payments


A "mixed payment" is one which includes client money as well as office money and/or out-of-scope money.


A mixed payment must either:


be split between a client account and office account as appropriate; or


be placed without delay in a client account.


If the entire payment is placed in a client account, all office money and/or out-of-scope money must be transferred out of the client account within 14 days of receipt.

Guidance notes


See rule 17.1(b) and (c) for additional ways of dealing with (among other things) mixed payments received in response to a bill or other notification of costs.


See rule 19.1(b) for (among other things) mixed payments received from the Legal Aid Agency.


Some out-of-scope money may be subject to the rules of other regulators which may require an earlier withdrawal from the client account operated under these rules.