Under French law a retainer is compulsory. The retainer agreement, which is a full contract in its own right, will detail the applicable hourly rates and all aspects in relation to the billing of the client.
A billing sheet will come with every invoice, enabling our Client to know exactly what is being charged and why.
The usual practise is to bill on an hourly rate. However, when our firm is used to supervise the running of estates in France, or for the drafting of specific legal documents, a fixed price is agreed with the Client beforehand, thus excluding hourly rates.