Date of Last Revision: January 1st, 2021
Welcome to Lawrence, your reference in law.
Lawrence’s products and services are provided by Lawrence Legal SA, a swiss limited liability company based in Geneva, Switzerland. These terms and conditions of use ("Terms") govern your use of Lawrence’s websites, mobile applications, products, and services (collectively, the "Services"), so please read them carefully.
Lawrence, your reference in law, is a platform in the sense of art. 1.3 of the Guidelines and Recommendations of the Swiss Bar Association concerning the use of online platforms by lawyers. These latter are based on the CCBE GUIDE on Lawyers’ use of online legal platforms.
The rules and recommendations of the Swiss Bar Association as well as the CCBE GUIDE on Lawyers’ use of online legal platforms are thus fully integrated into the general terms and conditions and lawyers registered on the Lawrence platform are therefore obliged to comply with them.
The Guidelines and Recommendations for the Use of Online Platforms by Lawyers: https://www.sav-fsa.ch/fr/documents/news/fsa_recommandations_plateformes_en_ligne.pdf.
The CCBE GUIDE on Lawyers’ use of online legal platforms (https://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/DEONTOLOGY/DEON_Guides_recommendations/EN_DEON_20180629_CCBE-Guide-on-lawyers-use-of-online-legal-platforms.pdf)
1. Using Lawrence’s services
You may use our Services only if you can form a binding contract with Lawrence, meaning that no use of the Services is permitted by those under the age of majority in their state of residence. In no event is use of the Services permitted by those under the age of 13. If you are using the Services on behalf of any entity, then you are agreeing to the Terms on behalf of that entity.
Using our Services does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in our Services or the content you access. Except in the context of browsing or accessing our Services in accordance with these Terms, you may not use content from our Services unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law. These Terms do not grant you the right to use any branding or logos used in our Services. Do not remove, obscure, or alter any legal notices displayed in or along with our Services.
Do not use our Services on any mobile device in a way that distracts you and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws.
We may release and make available beta products, services, and features (collectively, “Beta Services”) for a limited period of time (the “Beta Test”). Beta Services have not been completely tested, are not ready for commercial release, and may contain bugs, errors, defects, and deficiencies. We reserve the right to withdraw the Beta Services during the Beta Test. We do not guarantee that the Beta Services will be made commercially available or that any commercially available version of the Beta Services will contain the same functionality as the version made available during the Beta Test. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, LAWRENCE AND ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT THE BETA SERVICES.
2. Information on the services
Our Services display both Lawrence-created content and content that is not created or developed by Lawrence (the "Legal Information"). We may review third party-content to determine whether it is illegal or violates our policies, and we may remove or refuse to display content that we reasonably believe violates our policies or the law. But we do not routinely screen third-party content that is published via our Services. This includes the Legal Information that legal specialists post on Lawrence, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy, adequacy or quality of any such Legal Information, or the qualifications of those posting it.
3. Formation of an attorney-client relationship
The Legal Information found on Lawrence is intended for general informational purposes only and should be used only as a starting point for addressing your legal issues. The Legal Information is not the provision of legal services, and accessing such information, or corresponding with or asking questions to a lawyer via the Services, or otherwise using the Services, does not instantly create an attorney-client relationship between you and Lawrence, or you and any lawyer that you have been connected to. It is not a substitute for an in-person or telephonic consultation with a lawyer licensed to practice in your jurisdiction about your specific legal issue, and you should not rely on such Legal Information only. You understand that even though Lawrence uses a high level of data encryption and security, questions and answers or other postings to the Services are not confidential and are not subject to attorney-client privilege, as long as a power of attorney has not been formally signed in favor of a particular lawyer.
5. Interactions between lawyers and clients
Lawrence is a platform where lawyers unaffiliated with Lawrence can offer information and interact with clients. Any attorney-client relationship formed as a result of interactions between a lawyer and client on Lawrence is between the client and the lawyer—not between Lawrence and the client. Lawrence cannot be held responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or legal services provided by lawyers that clients found via Lawrence. Lawrence is not a lawyer referral service.
6. Legal advertising and communications
It is solely the responsibility of lawyers and law firms to ensure that any information they post or place on the Lawrence website (including without limitation any Legal Information), and any communications they may have with prospective clients through the Services, fully complies with all applicable laws and rules of professional conduct, including those concerning the unauthorized practice of law and those regulating the form, manner or content of communications with clients, advertising, or other matters.
We respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement and terminate accounts of repeat infringers.
Some of our Services allow you to download client software ("Software") which may update automatically; you agree that these Terms will apply to such upgrades. So long as you comply with these Terms, we give you a limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable license to use the Software, solely to access the Services. To the extent any component of the Software may be offered under an open source license, we will make that license available to you and the provisions of that license may expressly override some of these Terms. Unless the following restrictions are prohibited by law, you agree not to reverse engineer or decompile the Services, attempt to do so, or assist anyone in doing so.
10. Disclaimers and acknowledgements regarding use of legal information
While Lawrence strives to provide—and to allow lawyers to provide—useful information regarding lawyers and legal services, there are some things that we cannot guarantee. You acknowledge that such information consists of third party data and contributions, that there are certain inherent limitations to the accuracy or currency of such information, that legal and other information may be incomplete, may contain inaccuracies, or may be based on opinion. LAWRENCE DOES NOT SCREEN SUCH INFORMATION FOR ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, LAWRENCE AND ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS MAKE NO WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT THE SERVICES OR SOFTWARE. THE SERVICES AND SOFTWARE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." LAWRENCE ALSO DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
11. Limitation of liability
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL LAWRENCE OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, OR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM (A) THE OUTCOME OF ANY LEGAL MATTER; (B) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES OR SOFTWARE; (C) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY RELATING TO THE SERVICES OR SOFTWARE; OR (D) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE OR ALTERATION OF LEGAL INFORMATION.
TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF LAWRENCE, AND ITS AFFILIATES, SUPPLIERS AND DISTRIBUTORS, FOR ANY CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY MANNER TO THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR SOFTWARE, IS LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT YOU PAID US TO USE THE SERVICES TO WHICH SUCH CLAIM RELATES IN THE 12 MONTH PERIOD PRECEDING THE FILING OF SUCH CLAIM. IN THE INTEREST OF CLARITY, THIS LIMITATION ALSO APPLIES TO PREMIUM SERVICES.
12. User posted content & other interactive services or areas
Lawrence includes interactive areas in which you may post content and information, including peer endorsements and user reviews, questions and answers, comments, photos, and other materials (the "User Content"). You retain all rights in, and are solely responsible for, the User Content you post to Lawrence. You are also solely responsible for your use of such interactive features, and use them at your own risk. By using any interactive feature, you agree to comply with the Lawrence Community Guidelines. We reserve the right to remove or modify User Content for any reason, including User Content that we believe violates these Terms or our policies.
When you post User Content to Lawrence, you give Lawrence and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such User Content throughout the world in any media. To the extent such content is attached to a profile on the Lawrence platform, the foregoing license includes a right to reproduce your profile, and any name, likeness or photograph contained in such profile. If you submit feedback or suggestions about our Services, we may use your feedback or suggestions without obligation to you.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Lawrence, its corporate affiliates, independent contractors, service providers and consultants, and each of their respective directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or related to any User Content you post, store or otherwise transmit on or through the Services or your use of or inability to use the Services, including without limitation any actual or threatened suit, demand or claim arising out of or relating to the User Content, your conduct, your violation of these Terms or your violation of the rights of any third party.
A client’s urgent question is charged CHF / EUR / USD 150.- depending on the country of use. This fee does not take into account any advice, but allows the client to receive a preliminary answer in priority, within two business days.
Lawrence Service’s Fee amounts to CHF / EUR / USD 120.- BT per hour and is charged to the lawyer before payment of his legal fees.
Lawrence’s Service Fee includes, inter alia, assessment of the client's needs, identification of a specialised attorney available to respond to the client, client’s service, Web-application operations, technical maintenance, data administration, technical updates, as well as its ongoing development, encryption services and security.
15.1 Client’s use
Clients may ask their legal question via the general form.
Clients may request an urgent treatment of their legal question. This service is charged CHF / EUR / USD 150.- depending on the country of use.
Clients have to create and activate their account, as well as procede to the set up of their personal password which has to be strong enough for evident confidentiality and data security reasons.
Clients may chat, exchange information and proceed to paiement of quotes with / from legal specialists directly via their own account. All information are secured. Please do not exchange personal contact information to avoid any confidentiality or security infringements.
Contractual relationship between Client and Lawyer is created as of the moment when the Client has accepted the legal specialist’s quote and proceeded to paiement.
15.2 Lawyer’s use
Lawyers register on the platform, providing their detailed information, bar exam certificate, affiliated lawfirm’s information (if applicable) as well as hourly rate and banking coordinates.
For informative purposes only, lawrence may advice lawyers on the hourly rate that is mainly used in the region of use. National rules on fees of lawyers and notaries are reserved.
Lawyers can choose up to three specialisations and may be subject to a preliminary background and experience check.
Upon validation of their account, lawyers can accept mandates, send quotes, exchange legal advice and document from the platform directly.
Lawyers connect to their dashboard and receive legal questions from clients. They may initiate a conversation with the client by using the lawrence chat. They need to inform the client about the procedure to undertake, the chances of success, the risks as well as the approximate time to solve their legal problem (if applicable).
Lawyers can send quotes to the clients using the “send quote” button. They should not proceed to the complection of any substantial action prior to client’s consent on quote.
Quotes can be split in different phases of case solvation. For instance, lawyers can provide quotes for negociation phase, court phase, and fund recollection phase. Until it is paid by client, each quote can be edited and sent again by lawyers to clients according to the recollected information or case status.
Lawyers are not allowed to share any personal information (email / phone number / address) that could allow clients to create an external and independent bond with the lawyer.
Lawyers can only share such information with the Lawrence team administration service.
Client’s invoicing is done direcly via the platform.
Lawyers’ services are paid within 30 business days following complection of the quoted sercice and following client’s approval.
The Lawrence team administration service recollects all questions, analyses them, completes them with relevant information for lawyer’s clear understanding.
Lawrence team administration validates the question after analysis nd publishes the question on specialised lawyer’s dashboards.
It reviews registered lawyers and ensure about their specialisation. It can remove any user at anytime.
Lawrence team ensures communication between clients and lawyers and can be contacted at anytime in case of inadequate behavior.
Lawrence may revise these Terms from time to time, on a prospective basis, and we will always post the most up-to-date version on our website. If we determine, in our sole discretion, that a modification to these Terms materially affects your rights, we will notify you (by, for example, sending a message to your account email). By using or continuing to use or access the Services after any revisions have come into effect, you agree to be bound by the revised Terms.
17. Mandatory Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY, AS IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS.
We hope we never have a dispute, but if we do, you and we agree to try for 60 days to resolve it informally. You may send us the details of your concern to [email protected] However, if Lawrence is not able to informally resolve your complaint, you and Lawrence agree to individual binding arbitration under SWISS CHAMBERS’ ARBITRATION INSTITUTION (“SCAI”) and the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration (“Swiss Rules”), and not to sue in court in front of a judge or jury. The arbitration will be conducted under the Swiss Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for client Related Disputes and the arbitrator’s decision will be final except for a limited right of review under the SCAI. The following applies to any arbitration proceedings between you and Lawrence:
Before moving an unresolved informal dispute into arbitration, you must first send us a Notice of Dispute describing the nature and basis of the claim or dispute and the specific relief sought. This notice may be sent via email or Swiss mail to: [email protected] or Lawrence Legal SA, Attention General Counsel, 7 Rond-Point de Plainpalais, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland.
Any arbitration must be commenced by filing a demand for arbitration with SCAI within ONE (1) YEAR from when it first could be filed. Otherwise, it is permanently barred. If applicable law prohibits a one-year limitation period for asserting claims, any claim must be asserted within the shortest time period permitted by applicable law.
Whenever feasible, the arbitration will be held telephonically unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. You may choose the location of any in-person hearing from either your county of residence; or, if you are a business, the county of your principal place of business; or, Lawrence’s principal place of business in Geneva, Switzerland.
The enforcement of the arbitrator’s award will be controlled by and conducted in conformity with the Swiss Rules. Judgment upon any award may be entered in any court holding jurisdiction.
18. Applicable law
The laws of the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, as well as the laws of Switzerland, excluding its conflict of law provisions, will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms or the Services.
Notwithstanding any of these Terms, Lawrence reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion, to terminate your license to use the Services, and to block or prevent your access to and use of the Services. Lawrence reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time. In the event of termination of access to the Services for any reason, you have no right to obtain a copy of any data or communications you stored or effected via the Services, or any other data.
20. Entire agreement
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and Lawrence with respect to the subject matter of these Terms, and supersede and replace any prior version of the Terms. These Terms create no third party beneficiary rights.
21. Waiver, severability, and assignment
Lawrence's failure to enforce a provision of these Terms is not a waiver of its right to do so later. If any provision of these Terms is found unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the Terms will remain in full effect and an enforceable Term or Terms will be substituted reflecting our intent as closely as possible. You may not assign any of your rights under these Terms, and any attempt to do so will be void. Lawrence may assign its rights to any of its affiliates or subsidiaries, or to any successor in interest of any business associated with the Services.
22. Contact information
Lawrence Legal SA, 7 Rond-Point de Plainpalais, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland, [email protected]
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