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​​​​Terms and conditions​

Prices and payments
Hourly/daily rates or fixed fees are agreed in advance, after a thorough briefing. Sample material may be requested to ensure estimated times and costs are viable prior to starting a project.

Rates and fees are based on the recommended rates suggested by the National Union of Journalists and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Payments can be made by cheque or bank transfer.

Invoices must be settled within 30 days. Once an invoice becomes overdue, I reserve the right to claim statutory interest at 8% above the Bank of England base rate from the date the debt becomes overdue, in accordance with The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998. 

Working hours
My working hours are flexible, based on clients’ requirements and personal commitments. I aim to reply to all enquiries within 24 hours.

Location of work
I carry out the majority of my work from my office in Saffron Walden, Essex. However, I am willing to work on a client’s premises if required. I will attend essential meetings within the UK and Ireland.

Security
All materials received are not made available to any third party without agreement from the client.

Daily back-ups are made of all documents. All paper documents or electronic files are archived – they can be securely destroyed if requested by the client.

My computer network has a firewall and Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus software installed.

Code of practice
As an Advanced Professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), I adhere to the Society’s Code of Practice.

Professional development
I aim to undertake personal and professional development activities every year. Through clients, friends, peers, training courses and conferences, I keep up to date with changes in editorial processes and technology.

For details of recent training, go to the About me​ page.